The original Bay Area Medical Center dates back to 1939. Instead of expanding the old hospital, executives decided the community would benefit more by building a new one from the ground up. The Boldt Company collaborated with CannonDesign and the Bay Area Medical Center in partnership with Aurora Health Care, through an Integrated Lean Project Delivery® (ILPD) approach for a new replacement hospital in northern Wisconsin. The facility consists of a 335,033 sq. ft. hospital, medical office building and cancer center on a 92-acre greenfield site. The major departments include 56 inpatient beds and 12 observation beds, ambulatory surgery center, gastrointestinal surgery, emergency department, pharmacy, imaging services, labor and delivery as well as retail and support spaces. To expedite groundbreaking, the design team led the Bay Area Medical Center through an initial series of multifaceted workshops to establish future state process maps, validate the detailing space program and create responsive conceptual floor plans for operational workflow planning. This accelerated the DNR review and approval process for the wetland site development. This project was completed in the summer of 2018.
Active chilled beams served by a 100 percent air system serve many patient rooms. This provides a comfortable environment as well as reduces the risk of airborne pathogen cross contamination between rooms. Additionally, the active chilled beams reduce air flow by more than 50 percent, saving electricity and heating energy. The high-efficiency, air-cooled chiller plant takes advantage of Marinette’s cool climate to save energy as well as $15,000 of water and sewer costs. It also eliminates a potential source of legionella that is commonly found in water-cooled plants.