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3/18/2012 8:43:00 AM
$100 million Vincennes hospital expansion designed to Impress

Jenny Peter, Vincennes Sun-Commercial

It’s been a year since Good Samaritan Hospital announced a $100 million expansion project, and now hospital officials have a design they’re ready to share with the world.

“It’s really striking, a really striking design,” said John Manning, the hospital’s vice president of behavioral health and special projects. “Everybody here really likes the concept. This really changes the hospital’s whole look.”

The new 120-bed in-patient tower will be constructed mainly of glass and will be a curved structure, one that will maximize sunlight as the sun moves from east to west.

The five-story tower was designed by BSA LifeStructures, an architectural and engineering firm with locations in Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago, to reflect a more modern look, one to soften the hospital’s current “box-style” buildings, Manning said.

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All of the entrances will be moved to the Willow Street side, leaving other areas of the hospital’s campus open for employee entrances and parking.

“The rounded building gives a softer look from Willow Street,” he said. “We’ll have a lot of natural light instead of a bunch of fluorescent bulbs. And all the natural light will be better from a patient and staff perspective. It will create a better work and healing environment.”

When finished, hopefully by mid 2016, all of the hospital’s five centers — everything from cardiology to oncology — will be located inside the new tower.

The old tower will be renovated into physician office space, storage for medical records and information technology equipment and an expanded in-patient rehabilitation unit.

And the new look, Manning said, will help the hospital achieve its goal of becoming an overall “regional center of excellence.”

“This has such a modern look,” he said. “It will look like a world-class facility, something physicians are used to seeing in their residency.

“It will look the part. And if it looks world-class, if patient outcome is world-class, then this will be a place where physicians will know they can practice medicine with no apologies necessary to anyone,” Manning said.

Manning said hospital officials hope to begin letting the some 150 bid packages created by BSA LifeStructures and Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group as early as next month.

The total project, which should use at least 200 workers and 725,000 man-hours, has been broken up into small bid packages in an effort to give local businesses an opportunity to secure some of the work. Hospital officials hope to have at least 17 percent of the work done by local contractors.

“We want to at least give (local sub-contractors) a chance,” he said. “The rest is up to them.”

The hospital hopes to break ground on the project in late summer or early fall.

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