On Site at the New Marquette Hospital


You may have noticed that construction on the new $300+ million UP Health System – Marquette hospital is well underway.

The state-of-the-art facility will consist of approximately 538,000 square feet, 243 beds, and will also include an approximately 150,000-square-foot diagnostic and therapeutic service center, as well as nearly 183,000 square feet of patient care services. The project will also include an adjoining medical office building and parking structure.

With fall upon us and winter around the corner, the Skanska-Closner construction team and its subcontractors will be hard at work through the Upper Peninsula winter to keep the project on schedule.

Balow: “Our team was eager to get to the Upper Peninsula… to enjoy the great outdoors and recreational opportunities in and around Marquette.”

The concrete foundations are ongoing and will continue through November, concrete slab on grade pours will continue for the next two months, and steel erection began in mid-October.

Though we have some of the most extreme winter weather in the US, the Skanska-Closner team has made all the necessary preparations to continue working through the season’s challenges. Dan Balow, Senior Project Manager with Skanska-Closner, says “We have detailed plans in place for cold weather work. For example, we’ll continue to pour concrete through the winter. It has to be above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so we’ll be temporarily heating the building, and protecting the interior of the structure.”

How is snow removed from such a large construction site? Balow tells us that “excavators will be used to snowplow, to clear the snow out. It’s typical equipment that you would see on site. It’s good for moving dirt, and great at moving snow.”

The new UP Health System – Marquette hospital is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2018.

Heated areas will be brought onto the worksite for workers to take breaks, warm up, and to find relief from the cold conditions. The project began with about 50 workers on site, but will see a maximum of 3,500 to 4,000 total workers onsite throughout the project.

Balow says, “our team was eager to arrive in the Upper Peninsula to enjoy the great outdoors and recreational opportunities in and around Marquette.”

Dan Balow and the Skanska-Closner team have already taken advantage of many of Marquette’s outdoor opportunities: “Our team is out there and active. Mountain biking on the local trails, bike riding along the lakeshore, fishing. We did a team building exercise – jumping off Black Rocks at lunch. Attending local football games, enjoying the local restaurants. It’s great. We’re having a great time in the community, here. This winter, we’re planning on group snowmobiling, ice-fishing, and attempting cross country skiing!”

Through the winter, you will see plenty of activity at the construction site: continued slab on grade concrete pours, steel erection, installation of underground plumbing and electrical service, slab on metal deck concrete pours, and sprayed fire proofing on structural steel. And, there will be even more going on behind the scenes: prefabrication at an off-site hanger in Sawyer, 3D modeling to coordinate spaces prior to building, and continued procurement of equipment and material to keep the project on pace with the projected fall 2018 completion date.

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