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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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How a Single Innovative, Community-focused Design will Reshape a City

Dan Cebelinski, MBA, PE, CHFM
Director Facilities, Essentia Health
Scott Garand AIA
Principal, EwingCole
Saul Jabbawy
Principal, Director of Design, EwingCole
John Vidmar
Vice President Facilities, Essentia Health-East Region

Essentia Health, with its Vision Northland project, sought to create more than just a hospital; they wanted to create a civic asset, bold enough to serve as the standard bearer of health and a physical celebration of the community it serves. The building, whose design is inspired by the natural and urban textures of Duluth, will provide public amenities such as a chapel, conference spaces, retail, dining commons and a roof garden with breathtaking views overlooking Lake Superior. Its patient-centric design will drive positive patient outcomes by consolidating adaptable inpatient rooms, procedure rooms and OR platforms, and flexibly planned outpatient spaces. As the bellwether project of progressive redevelopment, it is expected to shift the healthcare environment in Duluth and the region, and financially stimulate the Superior Street area - an underutilized commercial and entertainment hub of Duluth.


1. Learn how this amenities, context, and scale of this 928,000 SF building was integrated into the existing urban fabric of Duluth.
2. Learn how innovative design opportunities harness the power of the senses to create experiences that stand out and resonate with its community.
3. See how operational efficiency, utilization modeling, and space syntax tools informed programming assumptions.
4. Learn how to design flexibility for changing models of care including acuity adaptable rooms, procedure rooms and OR platforms with shared support.