Gresham Smith-Designed McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital Receives National Award of Merit

Design–Build Institute of America Honors Project for Innovative Design and Quality Delivery Methods

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that the McLaren Greater Lansing replacement hospital has received a National Award of Merit in the Healthcare Facilities category from the Design-Build Institute of America. The hospital was selected for its innovative design, demonstration of unique design-build best practices and achievement of cost, schedule, and quality goals.

“McLaren Greater Lansing’s highly-advanced, progressive approach to greenfield hospital design has already set a new standard of care in Michigan’s capital city,” said Healthcare Vice President Steve Stokes, AIA, CLGB, NCARB, LEED GA. “Along with our design build partners, we are honored to have received this award, and have our efforts recognized for elevating healthcare design, project delivery and team alliance during a pandemic. McLaren Health Care has been a tremendous partner throughout this journey, and we thank them for their commitment to embracing design-build, overall collaboration and the community they serve.”

Located in Lansing, Michigan and representing the largest one-time investment in McLaren Health Care’s history, the new hospital includes a nine-story, 240 private room patient tower, Level II Trauma Center/Emergency Department, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, 20 operating rooms and new face of care for the Lansing region. With a focus on the human experience, the hospital’s environment propels the McLaren brand of community care where the extraordinary will happen every day – where lives begin, where lives will be saved and what is broken will be made whole again. These rewarding outcomes start with team dedication, countless hours of collaboration and a process that unified a very diverse team.

The hospital was designed to shape the future of community healthcare delivery for McLaren Health Care with a new transforming experience that maximizes the value of clarity in navigation – value for patients, families and caregivers.  The one-team approach to design-build began with every contractor, sub-contractor, architect, engineering, consultant and owner meeting together in a single location, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, to create a unified course direction that would navigate this diverse team through many challenges, obstacles and celebrations.

The project was completed on-time and under budget, despite workforce and supply challenges caused by the pandemic. Using prefabricated ceiling rack systems and panelized exterior systems, significant parts of construction became predictable, reliable and consistent.  This yielded a shift from typical field construction to assembly that assisted in meeting an aggressive schedule greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic.

The hospital opened its doors to patients in March 2022. For McLaren Health Care, Gresham Smith is also designing an adjacent 60,400 square-foot medical services building that looks to open in the summer of 2023.