By Clint Riese/Forest Lake Times—
The next step in the development of the Fairview Lakes campus is underway, and it will bring the capability for even further expansion.
The Wyoming medical center held a groundbreaking last Friday for a 20,000-square-foot addition that will house orthopedic-related services. The expansion will connect to the existing medical office building on the south end of the campus. The addition is designed to accommodate future growth; additional floors could add up to 40,000 square feet.
The building will be owned by the project’s contractor, Mortenson Construction, and leased back to Fairview and St. Croix Orthopaedics. Construction on the $8 million addition began this week, will continue through the winter and is expected to wrap up next April.
The primary function of the expansion is to allow more space to existing departments. St. Croix Orthopaedics, out of Oak Park Heights, will expand its Fairview Lakes clinic from a few hundred square feet to 8,000.
The new space will house Fairview’s orthopedic department and will also allow the medical center to centralize its physical therapy, hand therapy and podiatry care functions along with its sports medicine services, home medical equipment services and an orthotics lab.
“Bringing our services all together under one roof, very easy for patients to access, is going to make a big difference,” said Steve Housh, president of Fairview Lakes Medical Center, at the groundbreaking.
For Wyoming Mayor Eric Peterson, it was the second such event in eight days, following one for an expansion at the Polaris product development center.
“In these economic times, we’ve been fortunate as a city,” he said. “…We’re constantly seeing more jobs being developed. I’m so happy for the people in our city.”
Mortenson Construction also built the main health center, which opened in 1998, and the office building, which opened in 2003.
The optional additional floors could accommodate any sort of future need, Housh said.
The facility’s parking lot will be expanded in several phases as part of this project. Expanded valet parking and motorized cart pick-up will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fairview Health Services is a non-profit system headquartered in Minneapolis. Fairview Lakes Medical Center offers hospital, emergency, surgical, pharmacy and specialized medical care.