Construction Videos

See the latest construction work happening on Essentia Health's Vision Northland project in Duluth, Minnesota.

Construction Minute: Tower Crane Operator

Date: Feb. 4, 2021
This Construction Minute takes us skyward and shows us what it's like working in the tower cranes on the Vision Northland project at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.

Construction Minute: Tower Crane Operator - Essentia Health Video Transcript

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SPEAKER 1: Welcome to "Construction Minute," a periodic update on the Vision Northland Project in Duluth, Minnesota. Here's your host Louie St. George. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: On this episode of "Construction Minute," we'll meet Tim Fransen, who operates one of the three tower cranes on the Vision Northland construction site. From his cab, Fransen moves materials around the site. Each crane reaches hundreds of feet in the air. In that regard, it's not a job for the faint of heart. Fransen still remembers his first shift as a crane operator. TIM FRANSEN: It was nerve wracking. I remember I was shaking coming down a little bit, wondering why I was doing it to begin with.

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Tim Fransen. Tower Crane Operator. Essentia Health. Tim wears a white construction helmet and reflective vest.

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But after the first two or three times in there, it got pretty comfortable. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: Born and raised in Duluth, Fransen spends much of his workweek with a bird's eye view of his hometown. TIM FRANSEN: You can see most of Duluth on the lower side here anyway and over to Wisconsin and the bridge. And sunrises are pretty neat. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: Fransen has gotten accustomed to the trek up and down that massive ladder. TIM FRANSEN: Takes about 10 to 15 minutes to climb up there.

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Crane ladder extends to top of building.

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On your way up, you check the nuts and bolts and make sure no damage or anything. And just take your time. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: For "Construction Minute," I'm Louie St. George. See you next time. SPEAKER 1: This "Construction Minute" was brought to you by Essentia Health. To learn more, visit EssentiaHealth. org.

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The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health. Construction Minute. Essential health dot org slash vision north land.

Daytime Construction Site Drone Video

Date: Dec. 4, 2020
Here’s a bird’s-eye view of Essentia Health’s Vision Northland construction site in downtown Duluth, MN, in December 2020.

Vision Northland: Daytime Construction Site Drone Video, Dec. 4, 2020 - Essentia Health

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A large building under construction is located in a city along a body of water. Cranes are placed at opposite corners of the building, and the first two levels have floor decking partially assembled. An adjacent building has eight stories assembled and wrapped with insulating fabric. It attaches to an existing multi-windowed building. Traffic moves on roads alongside the construction site.

Construction Minute Episode 1

Date: Nov. 5, 2020
This episode of Construction Minute highlights the steel trusses which link the Clinic Tower and the Hospital tower together on the Vision Northland project in Duluth, Minnesota.

Construction Minute Episode 1 Video Transcript

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(SPEECH) SPEAKER: Welcome to "Construction Minute," a periodic update on the Vision Northland Project in Duluth, Minnesota. Here's your host, Louis St. George.

(DESCRIPTION) A man in a coat and gloves stands in front of a construction site.

(SPEECH) LOUIS ST. GEORGE: On this episode of "Construction Minute," we'll take a look at the steel trusses that will link the hospital tower and the clinic tower that comprise Essentia Health's Vision Northland Project. These massive trusses, of which there are eight, essentially will form a bridge over East First Street, allowing for pedestrian and vehicle traffic below.

(DESCRIPTION) A truss connects two buildings.

(SPEECH) And just how massive are they? Some way as much as 85,000 pounds. It's another milestone for this project. Crews already have reached the top of patient care floor for the smaller clinic tower. They expect to do the same for the 15-story hospital tower in November of 2021.

(DESCRIPTION) A crane raises large pieces of steel.

(SPEECH) And this part of the project, the trusses, will connect the two, to create a stunning, state of the art medical facility. By the way, all the steel being used on Vision Northland is made in America. For "Construction Minute," I'm Louis St. George. See you next time. SPEAKER: This "Construction Minute" was brought to you by Essentia Health. To learn more, visit essentiahealth.org.

(DESCRIPTION) The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. essentia health dot org slash vision northland

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: October 1 to 30, 2020
Watch progress being made on the Vision Northland project during the month of October.

Vision Northland: Construction Time Lapse, Oct 2020 Video Transcript

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(DESCRIPTION) A time lapse of a construction site of a building being constructed. Large trucks and machinery move over the dirt ground and tall metal scaffolding crane towers rise into the sky. The skeletal metal beams of the building's structure rise from the concrete foundation. Light casts shadows over them as time passes and raindrops dot the camera's lens. Men in hard hats appear to scurry across the levels of the building structure, up and down scaffolding ladders. Plastic sheeting that covers the building's open floors blows in the wind. Snow briefly covers the ground. Workers begin filling in the spaces between the scaffolds with more beams from a pile laid on the ground, then cover the beams with sheets of siding.

Construction Time-Lapse: Second Street

Date Range: Dec. 4, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020
Watch construction between First and Second streets from Dec. 4, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020.

Vision Northland: Second Street Area - December 2019 - September 2020

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A time lapse of a construction site. Large machines excavate piles of rock and soil from a space among buildings. As time passes, snow covers the ground and melts. Earth movers continue clearing two areas of land, flattening and smoothing. A tall crane tower is built of scaffolding. Two foundations are laid in concrete on the ground. On one, scaffolding is put up around them and concrete walls are constructed. Earth movers, trucks and cranes continue moving piles of rock and soil. Rain briefly wets the construction site. A second structure of concrete walls is raised. On the first structure, metal beams are positioned and more floors are added. The new building rises higher, blocking the view of the building behind it. Workers walk along the ground and up a scaffold staircase to reach the floors of the new structure.

Construction Time-Lapse: Superior Street

Date Range: Nov. 25, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020
Watch construction near Superior Street from Nov. 25, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020.

Vision Northland: Superior Street Area Time Lapse - November 2019 - September 2020

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A time lapse of a construction site. Large machines excavate a strip of land between a road and a building, close to a large body of water. As time passes, snow covers the ground and melts away. Trucks haul loads of rock and soil. A foundation of concrete is laid and covered by plastic. Scaffolding and walls are constructed on the foundation, building upwards with tall cranes. Near the first foundation, more rock and soil are cleared and a second foundation is laid and walls are constructed. In the first structure, heavy metal beams create the structure of a large building, then on the second foundation. . Floors are constructed across the beams connecting the structures into one large building. Workers move along the levels of the building and cranes place heavy materials on the upper levels. The construction continues upwards with more beams and floors added to create 5 levels above the first. The open sides of the building are covered with a fabric.

Vision Northland: 1 Year Anniversary

This video shows a before and after perspective of the Vision Northland project site at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota.

Vision Northland: 1 Year Anniversary

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Text, July 2018, Vision Northland Project Site. From above, we see a complex of multi-story buildings tightly packed together in a urban area. From another angle, we see a pedestrian walkway towering over a street that connects to buildings on the waterfront. Several grassy areas with small trees are next to the medical complex.Text, September 2020, Vision Northland Project Site. From above, we see that several buildings have been demolished in the construction site. There are several tall construction cranes in use. New buildings are in the process of being built from the ground up in a block-wide area. A multi-level tower is in progress next to the waterfront area.From above, we slowly move from left to right over the construction area and move towards the lake. The shell of a new building is in progress with the construction cranes being used inside the perimeter.We move past the new tower with eight levels in progress and one construction crane behind it. A small street runs along the complex and separates it from the waterfront area.We continue to float by the downtown medical campus under construction as we move out and over the lake. We can see a tower with eight floors under construction with the new buildings behind it. The complex is surrounded by existing buildings on all sides in the lakefront urban area.We continue to float by the construction area and we can see the new project site from all sides.

Construction Time-Lapse

Date: July 2020
Watch progress being made on the Vision Northland Project during the month of July 2020. 

Construction Time-Lapse

Date: June 2020
This time-lapse shows the construction of Essentia Health's Vision Northland Project in June, 2020.

Truss Installation

Essentia Health (Duluth, MN 6/08/2020)
This video shows the process of installing an 80,000 pound truss during the Vision Northland project.

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: May 4, to June 1, 2020
Watch work near Superior Street from May 4-June 1.

148th Fighter Wing Fly-over

Essentia Health (Duluth, MN 5/13/2020)

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: Apr. 1, to Apr. 20, 2020
Watch work near Superior Street from April 1-20, and the arrival of structural steel beams.

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: Feb. 3, to Apr. 1, 2020
Watch site preparation and the building of footings and walls at the corner of Fourth Avenue East and First Street from Feb. 3 to April 1, 2020.

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: Feb. 1, to Feb. 28, 2020
Watch progress on the building’s foundations and walls from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.

Tower Crane Installation

Essentia Health (Duluth, MN 1/31/2020)
Watch snippets of the three-day process to erect a massive construction tower crane for Vision Northland. The crane was erected at the end of January 2020.

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: Jan. 1, to Jan. 31, 2020
Watch work near the intersection of Superior Street and Fourth Avenue East, including the building’s first foundations.

Ramp Demolition

Date Range: Dec. 5, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020
Watch crews demolish the parking ramp.

Construction Time-Lapse

Date Range: Nov. 25 - Dec. 12, 2019
Watch as construction progresses on the Vision Northland project.

Rock Blast Video

Essentia Health (Duluth, MN 12/03/2019) 
Watch a video of a rock excavation blast at our construction site.

Watch progress on the building’s foundations and walls from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28.

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