New York-listed construction consultant Hill International has been awarded a third task order to provide owner’s representative services for the $900m "Vision Northland" medical campus being developed by Essentia Health in downtown Duluth, Minnesota.
Vision Northland involves building a replacement hospital for St. Mary’s Medical Center and new clinical space, as well as renovating existing clinics. Construction is due to complete in the first quarter of 2023 and open for patient care by the third quarter of 2023.
As the Owner’s Representative, Hill is leading planning, design, and construction of the campus, and preparing for clinical activation with oversight of procurement of medical equipment, commissioning, and activation planning.
In total, the project will deliver approximately 942,000 sq ft of new facilities and a substantial amount of renovated facilities for patients across northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.
Hill has been supporting the programme since 2019, when it was brought in to identify areas of greatest cost impact. Since then, Essentia has retained Hill to provide owner’s representative and project management services throughout construction.
Hill Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Vic Spinabelli said of the award: "[Program Director] Steve Catts and his team have done an outstanding job adding value to the Vision Northland program, which I think this new award demonstrates. We view our role as being good stewards for Essentia and appreciate the trust they have placed in Hill to help deliver this project as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible."
Image: Architect’s render of Essentia Health’s Vision Northland medical campus in Duluth, Minnesota (Essentia Health)