Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet Unveils Renovation Plans
(WATERVLIET) – Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet recently unveiled renderings showing enhancements to the hospital’s façade which will be part of an $11.8 million expansion and renovation project. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for late September. BSA LifeStructures is the architectural and engineering firm working on the project; Maregatti Interiors is the interior design firm.
“We are excited to share the plans for the hospital,” said Ray Cruse, CEO, Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet. “Community members and hospital leadership have worked closely with our design partners to create a new look for the hospital that reflects the unique character of the Tri-City area.”
The project will be the first major renovation of the hospital since 1978. Many of the public areas on the first floor will be remodeled, including the lobby, admitting department, elevators, and the Park Bench Gift Shoppe. A total of 10,000 square feet will be added to the hospital and will include additions to the Emergency Department, Surgery, and all Inpatient Units.
The hospital’s Emergency Department will comprise the largest portion of the facility’s expansion, growing by 6,500 square feet at a cost of $4 million. A $1.5 million fundraising campaign to support the construction of the new Emergency Department will begin soon, according to David Burghart, President, Lakeland Health Foundations.
The Emergency Department expansion, pictured to the right of the main entrance, will include 10 private exam rooms; currently, the ED can accommodate up to eight patients in non-private rooms. Visits to the Emergency Department are continuing to rise; the facility had almost 12,000 emergency visits in 2009 and approximately14,000 in 2010.
About BSA LifeStructures
Project architect, BSA LifeStructures of Indianapolis, has earned a well-deserved reputation for facilities that support and enhance healing. With a balanced blend of inspired creativity, evidence-based design, and over 35 years of experience, BSA LifeStructures’ work is on display at some of the nation’s top healthcare and learning institutions, including the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. Lakeland partnered with BSA LifeStructures on the inpatient addition at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph and, most recently, on the Marie Yeager Cancer Center in St. Joseph.
About Maregatti Interiors
Maregatti Interiors, of Indianapolis and Chicago, blends deep knowledge of the healthcare environment with a process that places high value on listening and on understanding the hospital’s working processes and the local community’s needs. Maregatti collaborated with Lakeland and BSA LifeStructures on the inpatient addition at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph and the Marie Yeager Cancer Center. The firm has designed several Clarian Health facilities throughout Indiana as well as the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.