PrairieCare Medical Group Rochester

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Tailwind Group + PrairieCare
Construction Manager, Construction Manager at Risk
Rochester, Minnesota
37,029 sq. ft.

PrairieCare Medical Group is a growing regional behavioral healthcare group in southeast Minnesota. PrairieCare provides Intensive Outpatient Program Therapy (IOP) for children and adolescents in a setting that focuses on family and where they receive education from public schools for a portion of their day and individual and group therapy for a portion of their day.

The new 42,000 square foot facility includes two floors of space consisting of a state-of-the-art programming space, group therapy rooms, a classroom, patient care station, and a gross motor area as well as ample outdoor spaces for therapy and play. The design provides opportunities for very structured and unstructured programming providing optimal flexibility. The facility houses four IOP ‘pod’ units for children, adolescents and adults. Each pod consists of therapist offices, classrooms, group rooms and activity spaces organized around a central milieu space. The lower level includes a large open spaces that radiate around each pod, while the upper level houses administrative staff and smaller one-on-one therapy areas. Both levels are connected by a two-story airy light filled entry with a communicating stair.

Awards: 2020 MN Physicians Magazine Honor Roll Award

Unique Project Facts

Multipurpose space is used for play and recreation is available for community functions during non-business hours. The exterior spaces are designed to have secure and semiprivate outdoor space to allow patients and staff to experience nature as a part of their healing. PrairieCare’s goal is to be a good neighbor within the surrounding community and is working to soften the stigma associated with behavioral health issues in our society.

The architecture took advantage of the site and provides ample natural light and views to the exterior. The design aesthetic is industrial, leaving exposed ceilings and infrastructure. The new center opened in October 2019 with great fanfare praised for the speed of construction, excellent communication throughout the building process, and the commitment of the construction team.

Challenges & Solutions

Weather Delays

Excavation and site work occurred during the winter months. January ended up being the coldest month in 26 years and February received the most snow on record.  While the building was being made watertight during the spring months, 2019 ended up being the wettest year on record.  At one-point construction was 9 weeks behind schedule, but due to immense coordination and team work on Knutson and HGA’s part, PrairieCare was still able to move in and begin use of the new space 9 days early, and the project was completed and designed under budget.

Challenges & Solutions

Speed of Design and Construction

The first team meeting took place August of 2018. The land purchase was still being ironed out at this time. After Tailwind Group and Knutson Construction recommended HGA as the design team due to their success and performance on previous projects, the first design meeting took place later in August with final drawings being received January, 2019 (5 months later). 8 months after the final design, the PrairieCare team moved in without a single change order issued to Tailwind Group or PrairieCare Medical Group.

Challenges & Solutions

Exterior Shell

The exterior shell of this building consisted of three different metal panel systems, four different Nichiha panels, cast stone, storefront, and curtainwall systems that all combined to create a very welcoming and exclusive space.

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Green/Sustainability Aspects

+ The space utilizes 100% LED fixtures

+ The building was designed around natural lighting. Not only is natural lighting crucial to PrairieCare’s clients, but it helps with energy costs in the winter months.

+ The building has a Tesla charging station.