MARQUETTE — $300 million. That’s the price tag to build and construct a new hospital in Downtown Marquette.
Five months after the ceremonial groundbreaking, construction of the new UP Health System – Marquette hospital is right on schedule. In just a matter of months, Skanska Closner Construction has a number of steel beams already in place.
That work is expected to continue throughout the winter. UP Health System – Marquette CEO Brian Sinotte says he’s hearing positive things from people about the development of the new facility.
“It’s exciting especially now that it’s starting to go vertical and you can see the beams going up. That has generated a lot of buzz I would say in the last six weeks,” said Sinotte. “Eventually you will start to see some skin and that will just mean you’ll start to no longer be able to see through everything that’s there.”
In addition to the new hospital and medical office building that are going up at the old Roundhouse Property on Baraga Avenue, there are also plans to construct a new Beacon House. Where the Beacon House will be located is still being determined.
“The Beacon House and I are in discussions right now about what that looks like,” said Sinotte. “We’re in discussions right now whether or not they remain in their current location or not and it really will be their decision. We’re very mindful of their position in the community and the great work they do.”
The new 265 room hospital is scheduled to open in November 2018.