Berglund Construction was recently awarded the addition and renovation project for Joliet Area Community Hospice. The new addition will be 10,000 sqft and include new patient rooms, private bedrooms, private family gathering spaces, a solace room, spa, nurse stations, and required support spaces. The renovation of the existing building will be 22,000 sqft and will include a new state of the art kitchen, a multifamily kitchen and dining area and renovated support spaces. The site will also receive extensive new exterior work including new patios, fencing, landscaping at each patient bedroom, a new parking area, enlargement of the existing detention area and additional storm and sanitary sewer structures and piping. The project will be a phased schedule for construction as the facility is operational 24/7.
On April 24, Joliet Area Community Hospice held an official groundbreaking for the new addition and expansion of their facility. There were approximately 100 people in attendance including Joliet Area Community Hospice Board Members and staff, local community leaders and representatives, state officials, members of the community, Mayor of Joliet, Bob O’Dekirk, Mayor of Crest Hill, Ray Soliman, and State Representative, Natalie Manley. The hospice will be the first in the state to break ground on a 20-bed residence. The Joliet Area Community Hospice began in 1982 and opened the first freestanding hospice inpatient unit in Illinois in 2004. Last year, the hospice cared for more than 2,000 patients with 517 of them in the inpatient unit. The hospice said with greater capacity, it can care for even more patients in the future. We’re excited to be a part of such a tremendous team, congratulations to all!