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Avera groundbreaking kicks off $174 million in planned expansion


Avera Health broke ground August 22 on a new health campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue, beginning what the health system calls “the largest building project in Sioux Falls’ history,” with $174 million in expansion projects.

           

 

The groundbreaking ceremonies celebrated the construction start on the walkable, consumer-friendly 82-acre campus in southwest Sioux Falls. When completed, the campus will have multiple buildings, including a surgical hospital and connected medical office building, comprising 260,000 square feet, both slated to open in early 2020.

           

 

The Avera on Louise Health Campus will specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology and internal medicine. The 24-bed surgical hospital will feature large, technologically advanced surgical suites. A complete outpatient gastroenterology unit will have numerous procedure rooms. A multi-story commons space with public dining, gift shop, chapel, comfortable seating and more will connect the buildings. The surgical hospital will also house supportive services including physical therapy, laboratory, imaging, pharmacy and biomedical equipment, with space reserved for future growth.           

           

 

The economic impact of the Avera construction project will be considerable, both in terms of the 600 workers who will participate in construction over a two-year period with an estimated payroll near $28 million, as well as the purchase of materials. Using U.S. Department of Commerce economic multipliers, this creates an economic ripple effect that will contribute to 1,200 total jobs and $118 million in earnings.

 

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