Construction Updates

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Construction Update: Week of September 20

Picture of construction progress from the beginning of the week of September 20, 2021

Construction crews are:

  • Erecting structural steel and decking on the 19th floor and the Helipad of the hospital tower.
  • Installing exterior glass on hospital tower on Level 10.
  • Building interior walls and installing sheetrock on 7th floors.
  • Installing plumbing as well as electrical and mechanical systems in the clinic tower.
  • Elevator cars are nearly complete, which will allow for the removal of the remaining exterior skip hoist near First Street to be removed.
  • Demolition on the skywalk across First Street connecting the DC1 and DC2 buildings begins this week.
  • There are 585 construction workers on site.

Street closures

  • East Second Street, which has been closed between Fifth Ave. to Sixth Ave.
  • Fourth Avenue East is closed from Superior Street to East Second Street.
  • East First Street is closed from Fourth Avenue East to Seventh Avenue East, with limited access for service vehicles.

Access to Duluth Clinic's First Street Building

A skywalk from the city’s Medical District parking ramp allows patients and staff to safely pass through the construction site to the First Street clinic and Essentia Health’s medical campus. The skywalk is open only to patients and staff due to COVID-19 guidelines. All patients and staff must use a COVID-19 screening station in the clinic’s main lobby.

Access to Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan) and the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building

All patients and visitors to these facilities are asked to park in the Green Ramp with entry on Third Street only. This ramp is adjacent to the Duluth Clinic’s Third Street Building and connected to the Second Street Building, Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan) by skywalks. Find out more about the Second Street construction project.

Shuttle service on our Downtown Duluth campus

To better serve our community with street closures around our downtown Duluth campus, Essentia is offering a free shuttle service as an easy way to get around campus.

The shuttle will be on a continuous loop that has three stops:

  • Inside the Red Ramp at the skywalk to St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • The main door of the Duluth Clinic Third Street entrance
  • The entrance to the Miller-Dwan Building

The route will take approximately 10 minutes to fully complete, and we will have two shuttles running at a time.

Patients and visitors can park in any patient parking area and easily get to their appointments.

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