Pavilion Progress


Lead Architects/Engineers

  • One of nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms
  • 17.4 million square feet of healthcare facility design in the last 10 years
  • Over 100 healthcare design awards
  • Planned over 30 national medical center campuses

“As the design process continued to unfold, our team discovered the visionary aspirations of the leadership team at Lakeland Health, and together we will embrace the opportunity to truly transform the future of this organization. Our team is honored to be part of this project and eager to bring to fruition a facility worthy of the community Lakeland serves.” - Coty Sandberg, Lead Designer, SmithGroupJJR

Construction Managers
Turner Construction

  • Ranked #1 National Healthcare Builder in 2015
  • Completed $17.2 billion in healthcare construction to date
  • Industry leader in integrated project delivery for construction

“Turner Construction is honored to be a part of the Integrated Project Delivery team with Lakeland Health, SmithGroupJJR, and our local trade partners. We are excited to share Lakeland’s vision for this project – one that will bring forth a new era of vital, lifesaving medical service to this region.” - Ron Dawson, Project Executive, Turner Construction

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Lakeland Health Foundations, St. Joseph/ Benton Harbor pledged a $500,000 lead gift which will fund construction of the street leading to the newly renovated Emergency Department.

The Frederick S. Upton Foundation pledged $240,000 in support of a new auditorium, to be named in the family’s honor, and located on the basement level of the new Pavilion. The auditorium will offer meeting space for educational and healthy living events for both community members and staff.

Proposed Site Design Fun Facts:

  • Approximately 500,000 gallons of storm water runoff is treated before being released into the river, equivalent to the daily water use of 1,250 American homes
  • Approximately 2,600 feet (1/2 mile) of existing sewer pipes relocated
  • Over three million linear feet of electrical wire installed – equivalent to 600 miles or the distance from the city of St. Joseph to the northern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • 75,000 cubic yards of earth excavated – enough to fill 19 high school gymnasiums to the roof
  • 375,000 cubic feet of fresh air per minute produced by new air handling system – enough to fill up the largest Goodyear blimp in 48 seconds
  • 1,700 tons of steel installed – equivalent to the weight of 850 cars or almost all vehicles parked at the Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph campus at one time

Pardon Our Dust – Parking Closures Underway

Site preparations for the Pavilion have resulted in parking lot closures to accommodate the new building site and construction crews. Throughout the duration of the project, the main parking garage on the St. Joseph campus will be reserved for patients, visitors, and volunteers. Lakeland security will be onsite to help ensure limited disruptions for community members.

In January, St. Joseph city commissioners and the Lakeland Health Board of Directors approved plans to build a 64-space surface parking lot east of the main entrance on Napier Avenue and north of the parking garage. Parking studies will continue throughout the project to determine the need for a potential additional floor and a roof on the hospital’s existing parking garage. The project would add a total of 251 new parking spots once complete.

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