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See the latest construction work happening on Essentia Health's Vision Northland project in Duluth, Minnesota.
Date: Jul. 12, 2021 Learn about the skip hoists being used to bring construction materials to the upper floors in the Vision Northland Project.
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(DESCRIPTION)Text, Construction Minute. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health.
(SPEECH)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:
(DESCRIPTION)A man stands in front of a construction site.
(SPEECH)A lot of materials go into building this Vision Northland construction project. And you might be wondering, how do they get those materials in to the top floors? Well, on this edition of Construction Minute, we're going to take a look at a piece of equipment that is invaluable to this nearly $1 billion project. Resembling an elevator, these containers called skip hoists run up and down the side of these buildings all day long, transporting interior building materials like drywall, flooring, countertops, and doors.
(DESCRIPTION)Stacks of material on the floor of a building under construction.
(SPEECH)These skip hoists, which feature stunning views of Lake Superior and Duluth Hillside, are playing an instrumental role in a project that will build 942,000 square feet of new space on Essentia Health's downtown Duluth campus. Right now, there are nearly 450 construction workers on site every day. However, these skip hoists are not necessarily used to transport those workers. Instead, they're used for materials.
(SPEECH)As work continues on the 15-floor hospital tower, they will add two more skip hoists. The construction project is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023, with the hospital opening for patient care in the third quarter of 2023. For Construction Minute, I'm Louie St George. We'll see you next time.
(SPEECH)SPEAKER 1: This Construction Minute was brought to you by Essentia Health. To learn more, visit essentiahealth.org.
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Date: Feb. 17, 2021This construction minute explains what fritted glass is, what it is for, and why it is being used on the Vision Northland project.
(SPEECH)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 edition of Construction Minute, we'll show you the fritted glass, which you can see just over my shoulder here. It will give Essentia Health's Vision Northland project a distinct look.
(SPEECH)More importantly, the glass will protect birds and bolster our green mission by minimizing solar heat gain and light pollution. Fritted glass will enclose our new 15-story hospital tower and 8-story clinic tower.
(DESCRIPTION)A work crew.
(SPEECH)This patterned glass will reduce bird collisions, as well as sky glow and light trespass.
(SPEECH)Birds often can't see transparent or reflective glass in large buildings. Duluth, of course, is a popular bird migration route. Frit, which is a ceramic layer with lines, dots, or another pattern, makes the glass visible to birds.
(SPEECH)Each glass panel is 56 and 1/2 inches wide and 17 feet tall. Crews began installing them in January. There are 31 different frit patterns designed to make the towers appear as if they're enveloped in Lake Superior fog. For Construction Minute, I'm Louie St. George. We'll 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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Date: Feb. 4, 2021This 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.
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(SPEECH)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.
(DESCRIPTION)Tim Fransen. Tower Crane Operator. Essentia Health. Tim wears a white construction helmet and reflective vest.
(SPEECH)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.
(DESCRIPTION)Crane ladder extends to top of building.
(SPEECH)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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Date: Dec. 4, 2020Here’s a bird’s-eye view of Essentia Health’s Vision Northland construction site in downtown Duluth, MN, in December 2020.
(DESCRIPTION) 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.
Date: Nov. 5, 2020This 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.
(DESCRIPTION) Text, Construction Minute. Logo, Essentia Health, consisting of three leaves in a circle.
(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.
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Date Range: October 1 to 30, 2020Watch progress being made on the Vision Northland project during the month of October.
(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.
Date Range: Dec. 4, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020Watch construction between First and Second streets from Dec. 4, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020.
(DESCRIPTION)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.
Date Range: Nov. 25, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020Watch construction near Superior Street from Nov. 25, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020.
(DESCRIPTION)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.
This video shows a before and after perspective of the Vision Northland project site at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota.
(DESCRIPTION)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.
Date: July 2020Watch progress being made on the Vision Northland Project during the month of July 2020.
(DESCRIPTION)A time-lapse film of a large building under construction. The sky changes from clear to cloudy, to clear again, to rainy, as the frame of the building grows taller. Workers move across the scaffolding and frame work, as the building's frame grows taller, beginning at two stories and increasing to three stories. The sun shines brightly, then rain spatters the camera lens as the building progress continues to include a fourth story. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle.
Date: June 2020This time-lapse shows the construction of Essentia Health's Vision Northland Project in June, 2020.
(DESCRIPTION)The metal skeleton of a building under construction. Time lapse video shows the installation of floors over steel girders, creating the levels of the three-story building. Machines move dirt around the ground floor of the building. It rains on one day.
Essentia Health (Duluth, MN 6/08/2020)This video shows the process of installing an 80,000 pound truss during the Vision Northland project.
(DESCRIPTION)At a construction site, tall cranes next to the frames of the building.
(SPEECH)SPEAKER 1: Essentia Health's Vision Northland reached another milestone on June 8th as crews began installing steel trusses to span an alley below the Duluth clinic's First Street building. [CONSTRUCTION NOISES]
(DESCRIPTION)Trusses lie horizontally on the bed of a truck. Workers position cables onto the truss on top.
(SPEECH)A large crane was used to hoist each 80,000-pound truss into place. [CONSTRUCTION NOISES]
(DESCRIPTION)The truck drives away as the crane lift the truss. A sign on the rear of the truck reads, Oversize Load. A workers puts a folder onto the edge of a machine. Other workers carefully rotate the truss. The crane slowly lifts it.
(SPEECH)Essentia Health's new medical facility is being built over the alley and over east First Street with trusses that are similar to those used for bridge's. [CONSTRUCTION NOISES]
(DESCRIPTION)A worker on the ground holds a cable to stabilize the truss. He walks forward as the truss rises. The truss now reaches the height of an existing truss. Workers in a crane basket watch, then guide the truss to its final position.
(SPEECH)When construction is complete, the new home for St. Mary's Medical Center will stretch two blocks along Fourth Avenue East from Superior Street to East Second Street.
Date Range: May 1, to May 31, 2020Watch work near Superior Street from May 1-May 31.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Essentia Health, Vision Northland, View 5, Duluth, MN. Large construction equipment assists workers in building the steel frame for a building on the lower and center right. Lake Superior reflects bright sunlight in the top right. A crane extends up from the center to the top middle of the frame, and another building already framed is under construction on the left portion of the view. The workers add another layer of upright steel beams on top of the first layer. They begin framing in the horizontal beams that form the next level. They also place the diagonal support beams. The floor goes in on the first level, covering the steel beams. Cranes assist workers with framing out the rest of the next story's floor. Once that floor is in place, the workers frame another layer above it, and then a partial layer above that one. Another crane, in red, comes to the foreground as they begin framing out another section of the building on the left.
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(DESCRIPTION)Five fighter jets in a V formation fly over the construction site with its steel girders and three cranes. A man stands on the ground underneath at the site next to a truck moving slowly forward.
Date Range: Apr. 1, to Apr. 20, 2020Watch work near Superior Street from April 1-20, and the arrival of structural steel beams.
(DESCRIPTION)Title, Essentia Health - Vision Northland - View 5 (Duluth, MN)Time lapse sequence of a construction site with foundations and concrete walls. Trucks and heavy equipment vehicles move on and off the property. A lake behind the site. The sky changes throughout the sequence. It ranges from bright sun to gray rain clouds. Shadows reflect the passage of time and the changes in the weather. The construction continues with ongoing vehicle and equipment movement.
Date Range: Feb. 3, to Apr. 1, 2020Watch 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.
(DESCRIPTION)Overhead view of a construction site with tall cranes and trucks filled with dirt. Text, Essentia health, vision northland, view 3, Duluth Minnesota. Fast motion of the construction process, large machines moving earth and piling rocks. Occasionally, snow appears covering the site. They gradually build up parts of the plot and shape others, then begin laying concrete and metal grid foundations. Men in hard hats criss cross the site and large machines pump in concrete from a tube suspended overhead. Vertical walls are constructed from the foundation.
Date Range: Feb. 1, to Feb. 28, 2020Watch progress on the building’s foundations and walls from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.
(DESCRIPTION)Time lapse of construction site. There is snow on the ground and construction machinery at the work site. Various construction work goes on throughout the time lapse. Dump trucks pull in empty and leave with full loads. Construction of a wall progresses.
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.
(DESCRIPTION)Chain link fence, behind it a truck moves to reveal a construction site. Snow covers parts of the ground and tarp-covered machinery. Two workers in construction vests walk by. A yellow crane in front of a building labeled Essentia Health. A construction worker helps guide a large metal plate onto a truck bed. The entire construction site shows two cranes and ongoing construction of an existing building and the foundation for a new structure, all next to a large body of water. Workers use a crane to build a tall freestanding metal frame in front of the Essentia Health building. Diggers excavate earth around the foundation of a new structure. Workers continue using the crane to build the tall metal frame. An aerial view shows the metal frame is several stories taller than the Essentia Health building. An arm extension is added to complete the crane tower structure.
Date Range: Jan. 1, to Jan. 31, 2020Watch work near the intersection of Superior Street and Fourth Avenue East, including the building’s first foundations.
(DESCRIPTION)Time lapse video of a construction site that shows work being done by various construction machines and cars passing by on the road next to the site. Ground is bare dirt and then shows some snow on the ground. More trucks and equipment moving in and out of construction site. Snow falls and covers the site and then is showed cleared out and construction work continuing. White trucks arrive on site.
Date Range: Dec. 5, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020Watch crews demolish the parking ramp.
(DESCRIPTION)Time lapse of demolition equipment reducing a wall to rubble, then spreading the rubble out around the base of a the parking garage it had surrounded. Ice covers the camera lens as snow covers the landscape. Excavators add more rubble to the pile next to the garage and spread it out. The excavators begin tearing down the garage's levels, starting from the corner. One of the excavators creates a ramp up to a higher level of the garage in order to take down a higher section, while the other continues demolishing the lower sections on the other wall. A third excavator joins in the demolition of the parking garage, with the three now working on different tiers at the same time. A fourth excavator is visible in the background, apparently working on the structure from the other side. Several days pass as the excavators remain parked. Occasionally people walk by. Rain briefly covers the camera lens. The excavators remain parked. Then, three of them resume work tearing down the garage. Snow and rain again cover the landscape and the camera while demolition pauses. Trucks come in and drop off shipping container-shaped offices along the road next to the demolition site while the excavators continue demolishing the garage.
Date Range: Nov. 25 - Dec. 12, 2019Watch as construction progresses on the Vision Northland project.
(DESCRIPTION)Logo, OxBlue. Time-lapse photos of a construction site in winter, taken from multiple angles. To the left, a fence guides traffic to a covered drive beneath a glass-walled section of the building on the upper part of a hillside. To the right of the glass-walled section is an unfinished area of the upper two stories, which has a mesh overlaying an unlit area, followed by a wall of gray concrete. The lower two stories show 3M insulation. Construction equipment tracks brown through snow, and ice and fog obscure the lens. In the foreground, backhoes dig away earth from the lowest part of a hill next to the building. The building has two stories from the roof to the base of the covered drive, and a third story from the base of the drive to the base of the hill. To the right of the building stands a line of posts separating the site from a mound of gray rubble and a nearby road. Backhoes level the earth between the line of posts and the fence near the drive, matching the level of the lowest story.
Essentia Health (Duluth, MN 12/03/2019) Watch a video of a rock excavation blast at our construction site.
(DESCRIPTION)A person in a reflective construction vest and hard hat squeezes an air horn. A dirt pile jumps, as if detonated from below. A multistory brick building with a white S on the side connects to a gray parking garage in the background. In front is a snow-covered area with construction materials and vehicles and the large dark brown dirt pile.