Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has completed a $52 million expansion of FirstLight Health System, at 301 South Highway 65 in Mora, Minnesota. The 25-month, multi-phased project includes major expansion and renovation of about 115,000 square feet of the FirstLight Health Systems Mora Hospital and Clinic campus.
Designed by DSGW Architects, the renovation of the critical access hospital features a new main entry and commons for waiting and registration, eye clinic, lab, as well as new infusion/ chemotherapy and radiology spaces, IT, facilities, administration offices and gift shop.
A two-story addition includes a new rehabilitation space with therapy pool, food service kitchen, cafeteria and inpatient pharmacy. It also includes new units for births, medical surgeries and ICU, and new bariatric and transformative rooms.
Another two-story addition features a new emergency department, community pharmacy, ambulance garage and fitness center; and a one-story addition includes clinical exam rooms.
Exterior upgrades include new parking areas and courtyard, relocation of the helipad, and improved campus access from MN Hwy. 65.
The original hospital was built in 1943, with additions completed in 1960, 1970, 1995, 2002 and 2007.
With deep experience in healthcare construction, Kraus-Anderson is currently ranked 16th among the top health care general contractors in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare magazine.
All hospital services were in full operation during the entire duration of the multi-phased project, including the use of the helipad. KA worked continuously with hospital staff to minimize disruption to hospital operations and to ensure patient care and safety.