January 14, 2003…Columbia St. Mary’s today announced that Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK), the lead architect for its new hospital campus and facilities expansion project, has selected the Milwaukee firms of Kahler Slater and Plunkett Raysich Architects to provide local architectural support for the project. Kahler Slater will provide local design support and Plunkett Raysich will oversee inspections and quality control during construction of the proposed new Columbia St. Mary’s Lake Drive Campus, the integration of both the Columbia and Milwaukee campuses, and the expansion of Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus.
“HOK is honored to be working with Kahler Slater and Plunkett Raysich, two exceptional firms,” shared Paul Strohm, senior vice president at HOK and principal in charge of the Columbia St. Mary’s project. “We are excited about partnering with them to create world-class health care facilities for Columbia St. Mary’s and the Milwaukee and Ozaukee communities.”
“All of the key firms for this major project are now in place,” said Leo P. Brideau, president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s. “The national and local architectural firms we have selected are highly respected leaders in health care planning and architecture. We are confident that we have put together the very best team to design and build the finest health care facilities possible.”
Chris Smocke, president of Smocke & Associates, Inc., the lead manager for the project, said, “We look forward to working with HOK, Kahler Slater and Plunkett Raysich to design and build exceptional health care facilities that are centered on patient needs and that respect and enhance their surrounding neighborhoods.”
Kahler Slater is a full service architecture, planning and interior design firm with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. The firm has a diverse project portfolio that includes health care, corporate, educational, hospitality, sports/recreational facilities, and civic and cultural projects. Local projects include working with world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava on the design of the new Milwaukee Art Museum, the renovation of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the recent renovation and expansion of Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus.
“This is the premier design project in Milwaukee. We are excited and honored to have been selected by HOK to provide local architectural design support. We believe our local expertise and client-centered, team-based planning and design approach will be an asset to the project,” said James Rasche, one of the firm’s three CEOs.
Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP (PRA), specializes in the planning, design, construction administration and interior design of health care, education, corporate, commercial, religion, community and long-term care facilities. Local projects include 1522 on the Lake Condominiums, Medical College of Wisconsin’s Health Research Center, restoration of the historic Federal Courthouse as well as recent projects for the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin and Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus. “PRA is proud to continue our three decade association with CSM and is honored to be part of the excellent team that has been assembled to create the hospital of tomorrow,” said Michael Scherbel, AIA, partner at PRA. “We will provide the quality assurance needed to make the new Columbia St. Mary’s Lake Drive Campus and Ozaukee Campus the facilities of choice for first class health care.”
The Columbia St. Mary’s facilities integration and expansion project includes a new hospital and renovation of existing facilities at its Lake Drive Campus and a major expansion of its Ozaukee Campus. The new Lake Drive hospital will integrate the services of the organization’s Columbia and Milwaukee Campuses into a world-class facility combining state-of-the art technology with a passion for patient care. The next steps include a study of space needs, master site planning, projected costs, the schematic design, and necessary approvals. Groundbreaking for the Lake Drive Campus is planned for spring 2004. The proposed new hospital is expected to open in 2009. The facilities expansion project at the Ozaukee Campus will include a new inpatient tower, a new medical office building and expanded parking.