Duluth-based Kraus-Anderson completes work on Aitkin health center projectKraus-Anderson Construction Co., based in Duluth, has completed work on the $21 million Riverwood Healthcare Center project in Aitkin, which included three additions.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., based in Duluth, has completed work on the $21 million Riverwood Healthcare Center project in Aitkin, which included three additions.
Riverwood is an independent integrated hospital and clinic serving Aitkin County and nearby communities in northern Minnesota.
The hospital additions, which total nearly 50,000 square feet, broke ground in spring 2011. Now complete, they house the center’s support services, its labor and delivery area and an infusion center for chemotherapy and other
The renovation of 25,000 square feet of existing space included two patient wings converted from double patient to single patient rooms. The project relocated the intensive care units, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, diabetes education and wound care units and enlarged the surgery, rehabilitation and lab areas. All were accomplished without interruption to the clinic or hospital services.
The new, expanded support services unit housing medical records and human resources has allowed Riverwood to bring all its employees in Aitkin to this one location.
The expansion also provided a boost to the local economy. It resulted in 18 new positions at the hospital. Kraus-Anderson hired subcontractors from Aitkin and the surrounding area. All told, 130 construction jobs were created during the project, with a payroll exceeding more than $6 million, according to Clinton Gronhovd, project manager for Kraus-Anderson.
“In this area, it’s hard to see jobs in the $3 (millions) to $4 million category,” he noted.
While Kraus-Anderson has done bigger jobs, Gronhovd noted that Riverwood was a very good project.
The facility, which made the Minnesota Physician’s 2013 Health Care Architecture Honor roll, was designed by HDR Inc. of St. Paul.