St. Luke's Campus Redevelopment Project Halfway Done

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: October 08, 2019 10:23 PM

After just a few months of construction, phase one of the St. Luke's campus redevelopment project is nearly halfway complete. 


The $37.5 million project began in the spring of 2019 and is expected to be completed by August 2020. Plans for the project began a year and a half ago.

Construction includes the building of a new Emergency Department, an adjacent parking garage and new catheterization labs at Building A, located on First Street in Duluth. 

The Emergency Department will have 37 exam rooms, 27 of which will be patient rooms. The other ten will consist of four trauma bays, four dedicated behavioral health rooms and two triage rooms. 

The main goals of the space is to decrease wait times, ensure privacy and provide a premier patient experience. 

"It's such a privileged to be able to care for the patients of our region and to be able to create a brand new space that will significantly increase the amount of space that we have to care for our patients. Provide more privacy [and] faster care, it's really exciting for all of us," said Jessica Stauber, the Director of Marketing and Business Planning at St. Luke's.

Additional rooms will provide patients with more comfort while receiving care. The rooms will be larger, more private and equipped with televisions and USB charging outlets. 

Cardiac support will also receive an upgrade in the new catheterization labs. They'll be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a new holding/recovery bay. Radiology will obtain two CT suites, ultrasound and portable x-ray upgrades. 

Additionally, in the new parking garage, a heated ambulance garage will be added to streamline patient services. 

Phase two will commence upon the completion of phase one, and will focus on including a new five-level medical office building (an expansion of Building A), expanded outpatient services and surgery department expansions. Phase two is estimated to cost $61 million. 

Phase three is estimated at $152 million, with a focus on a six-level inpatient tower, relocation of 216 patient beds and improved patient and staff flow. The projects are being funded by St. Luke's. 


Alicia Tipcke

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