The first steel beams are up on the site of Inspira’s new $349 million hospital along Routes 322 and 55, joining four concrete elevator shafts rising from the landscape.

Operating under an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract, Skanska, Inspira Health Network, Array Architects and Leach Wallace Associates are currently building the five-story, 446,000-SF new hospital. The 204-bed hospital consists of operating rooms, an emergency department, imaging suites, administrative space, dining and support services. Skanska officials have said the hospital is its largest North American IPD project to date.

The growing trend of IPD projects typically sees the architect, engineer, owner and lead contractor enter into a single contract, but sometimes large subcontractors or other significant stakeholders will also be a part of the legal arrangement. Together, all parties to the contract establish project goals, assume risk and responsibilities, and enjoy any profits.

Click below to learn more and see photos of the construction’s progress.