Essentia Health-St. Mary’s hospital in Detroit Lakes is building an addition for warehouse space and expanding its existing surgery center.

Essentia has budgeted $2 million for the project, and chose Olaf Andersen Construction Co. of Fargo as the general contractor, according to information from Essentia.

The new construction will replace lost warehouse space that was converted into extra room for Essentia’s surgery center.

The surgery center has outgrown its space because of the addition of an operating room and an increase in staff.

The surgery center expansion will provide more equipment storage and support areas for providers and staff, such as locker rooms, dedicated dictation spaces for surgeons, a break room, and a new nurse’s station. There will also be some aesthetic updates to make the pre-op and post-op spaces more inviting and comfortable for patients.

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Construction is occurring in phases, with the addition completed in September and the overall project being completed by spring of 2021.