Credit: Photo courtesy of Hennepin County Medical Center

Credit: Photo courtesy of Hennepin County Medical Center

HCMC breaks ground on $220 million expansion

Updated: November 16, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Hennepin County Medical Center has broken ground on a $221 million expansion, the biggest in its history. 

Construction of the new, six-story clinic and specialty center began last week at HCMC’s campus in Elliot Park. Officials say the building, which will consolidate 40 clinics across nine buildings into one, will lead to quicker doctor visits and easier same-day surgeries.

The 377,0000-square-foot building will have primary care, specialty care and physical therapy. Patients and their families will be able to park in 220 underground parking spaces. It will also feature a cafe, a pocket park and outdoor seating.

The expansion is expected to see its first patient in January 2018. St. Paul-based BWBR handled the project’s design.

HCMC also hosted the inaugural landing on a second helistop at ceremony last week. HCMC officials say the new $3.8 million helistop doubles the hospital’s capacity to receive patients via helicopter and will reduce transport times into the hospital.