Mercy Hospital planning a new addition

A 50,000 square-foot addition to Mercy Hospital was recommended for approval by the Coon Rapids Planning Commission Sept. 19.

The site plan for the Mother Baby Center at the hospital will go to the Coon Rapids City Council for approval at its Oct. 1 meeting.

The two-story addition will be located on the southeast side of the hospital adjacent to the Mercy Heart & Vascular Center.

It will include an internal skyway connection across the rear of the building to the operating rooms, which are located on the west end of the hospital, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

According to information provided by the project architect, HDR Architecture, Inc., St. Paul, to the commission, the new center “will create a state of the art facility for mothers and babies at Mercy Hospital.”

The center will have two operating rooms, 13 labor/delivery/recovery rooms, eight special care nursery rooms, 19 post-partum rooms, shell space and required support space, the architect states.

The addition will incorporate an existing single-story clinic that is currently part of the hospital complex.

The exterior of the building will include a variety of materials with brick, pre-cast and glass to be used to match the existing hospital, Harlicker wrote in a report to the commission.

The entrance will be a focal point of the building with a canopy and large windows in the upper story to help identify it, he wrote.

The addition will eliminate 79 existing parking spaces, but the hospital will still have 1,561 parking spots available, which is well above the 1,265 spaces required by code, according to Harlicker.

The peak parking demand for the hospital is during the day shift when there are 1,120 employees on site; that leaves 441 parking spaces available for non-employee parking, Harlicker said.

And with the project, the hospital won’t be adding staff, simply moving existing employees from its existing family birth center to the new and expanded Mother Baby Center, said Marc Nevinski, city community development director.

Mercy has not indicated what it plans to do with the vacated space once the new center opens, he said.

According to Harlicker, the main access from Coon Rapids Boulevard will not be changed, but the drive in front of the hospital and the addition will be modified to accommodate the entrance and drop-off area for the new building.

Part of Allina Health, Mercy Hospital is a 271-bed non-profit hospital that serves the northwestern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Nationally recognized for clinical excellence and compassionate care, Mercy offers a wide range of specialty services cancer center, heart and vascular services, emergency and trauma care, orthopedics and neurosciences, mental health services, surgical services and da Vinci System and women’s and children’s services, according to its website.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]