Marquette – UP Health System released the architectural renderings for the new Marquette hospital this morning, giving the public a preview of how the new facility should look upon completion.
The drawings show an outside view of the planned design, with an image for summer, and another image showing the building in the winter. The building is still in the planning stages, with ground-breaking scheduled for May of 2016, and an expected completion in the fall of 2018. The Marquette City Commission approved the land purchase agreement on August 3rd.
The new hospital will be located at the “Roundhouse Property” off of Baraga Avenue, with the building facing US-41. The land is currently where Marquette’s Municipal Services Building is located.
In a statement released this morning, hospital officials expressed excitement in the architect’s conception of the design, pointing out these highlights:
- The new UP Health System – Marquette hospital campus exterior employs a restrained material palette that reflects the natural qualities of the region. The glass and the white architectural concrete of the patient tower echo the repetition and color of birch trees and the gentle waves and reflections of Lake Superior.
- The combination of glass and dark masonry at the building base serves as a grounding element that not only addresses the human scale of the patient and visitor but also provides a warm, lantern-like feel to the main entrance.
- The introduction of color at each of the entrances provides a striking material counterpoint similar to what one would find in prominent Scandinavian architecture.
- The bold and purposeful materials will enhance the strong and elegant identity of the new healthcare campus.
The new 265-bed hospital should will a large impact on the community, with Duke LifePoint Healthcare investing over $300 million for the construction of the new facility. UP Health System – Marquette is keeping the community up-to-date on the construction timeline at their website, newuphospital.com.
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