Construction Updates

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Construction Update: Week of May 2

Finished exterior Vision Northland building view
Decorative tile work in the atrium and cafeteria installation
Masonry work on 4th Ave
7th floor surgery hallway nearing completion
Temporary structure on 2nd Street
Steel supports for the new helipad

Construction crews are working on the following tasks:

  • There are more than 650 construction workers on site daily, and 20.8% of the work force are of underrepresented demographics. More than 1.6 million work hours have been completed.
  • The building is enclosed completely. Some temporary structures still remain, such as along the Second Street entrance, which will be replaced with permanent structures as construction continues.
  • Some exterior continues, focusing on masonry installation. Work on the ambulance garage and entrance to the emergency department is underway along First Street.
  • Interior work continues throughout, including installing drywall, ceramic tile and painting walls. Some floors, such as the surgery floor on the 7th floor, are nearing completion.
  • Decorative tile work in the atrium and cafeteria are being installed.
  • Flooring materials are being placed throughout the building.
  • Installing plumbing as well as electrical and mechanical systems in the clinic tower.

Street closures

  • 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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