Exempla Saint Joseph Update #4

Within the past couple months there have been some changes and milestones that have been accomplished over at the Exempla/Saint Joseph Hospital Heritage Project. If you don’t remember what this project is, its a huge 831,327 square foot project which will feature 348 patient beds, a roof top helipad, central courtyard, and a roof top garden. It will also include a free standing utility plant, as well as two parking structures.

Let’s start off with the main structure. It is now topped off and you can truly see how massive this building is! In front, on the Downing Street side, is the parking structure which is still under-construction.

We are also finally able to see what the facade is going to look like: glass on the first floor with brick on the rest of the building. The brickwork is very neutral and blends in nicely with the surrounding historic buildings.


Utility plants are not very aesthetically pleasing buildings but are sometimes required. The utility plant in this development has been treated with a nice facade and looks no worse than say, a parking structure.


Speaking of parking structures, the parking structure / mixed use building, situated on 18th Avenue and Downing, is complete. There didn’t seem to be anything occupying the ground floor pad yet but I’m sure we will see something in that space very soon.


This $623,000,000 project is expected to be complete December 2014, so there is still over a year left of construction!

By | 2016-12-09T14:00:32+00:00 August 1, 2013|Categories: Health Care, Infill, Uptown, Urbanism|Tags: |4 Comments


  1. Chris Lein August 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Looks very similar to the Minneapolis central Library. Imitation is the best form of flattery, after all…


  2. DMC August 2, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Great pictures. The brickwork on the parking and utility buildings classes them up quite a bit. Good addition to the neighborhood.

  3. Rob August 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Great post Ryan! Thanks for the update. The project is actually going to cost $623 million, but I don’t know how that breaks down for each structure. The parking garage that is attached to the hospital will also have mixed use on the corner of 20th and Downing. But I’m perplexed by the idea that there are no crosswalks on 20th across downing to get to their physicians offices in the Midtown Office Building.

    • Ryan Dravitz August 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Good catch Rob! Thanks for the correction!

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