Hospital plans $7.5M expansion and renovation


Courtesy Mary Free Bed

A local hospital is planning a $7.5 million construction project.

Mary Free Bed’s project includes a 6,000-square-foot renovation and the addition of a three-story, 11,116-square-foot building on Lafayette Avenue SE, adjacent to the existing campus, at 235 Wealthy St. SE.

The building will contain a kitchen, cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating and physician offices.

It will allow the hospital to operate food services in house. 

Historically, the organization contracted the services from Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. The move allows Mary Free Bed to structure food services to accommodate more diverse dietary requirements than in the past.

The new cafeteria and kitchen will also serve as rehabilitation space for patients to learn how to prepare food based on physical or dietary limitations. 

The goal is to finish the project by early 2021. 

The architect on the project is Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture.

A contractor is expected to be chosen by October

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