A new era of health care is less than a year away
If you’ve driven down US-127 past McLaren’s new state-of-the-art health care campus being built in south Lansing, you’ve probably noticed things have looked the same from the outside for a while.
That’s because after months of incredible work, crews are putting the finishing touches on the outside portion of the 240-bed hospital and are now turning their attention to completing the spaces that will usher in a new era of health care inside the 500,000-square-foot facility.
“When you drive past on the highway you might not see much happening, but there’s a lot of work going on inside,” said Austin Holcomb, McLaren Greater Lansing director of facilities management. “We have more than 300 people working on all aspects including drywall, electrical installation, plumbing, painting, and many others.”
With so many trades workers using their talents at once, it’s a finely choreographed dance to make sure each part of the construction process is happening in the most efficient order.
In less than 12 months, McLaren Greater Lansing will see their first patients in the $600 millon comprehensive health care campus. In addition to the hospital, the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren’s health and wellness pavilion will offer a wide array of outpatient care services, including an innovative urgent care for patients fighting cancer.
“Four years ago, we had a vision for what this medical campus could be, but at that time we were just starting to program the site,” said Holcomb. “Now that we have all the pieces coming together, we’re working on things like green space and connecting to existing walking paths. I’m really excited about how this is coming together to serve our regions health care needs for generations to come.”