The City of Saint Peter is preparing for over 125-million dollars worth of construction to kickoff this year.

Community Development Director Russ Wille details the large projects that will get underway in the coming months.

“So that included about a 50-million dollar expansion of Nobel Hall on the Gustavus Campus. About a 40-million dollar expansion out at the Regional Treatment Center. It will be about a 32 to 33-million dollar permit for the Rivers Edge Hospital expansion. The Solace Drug Court housing is under construction and that’s about a 5-million dollar permit. We’ll have about a 5-million dollar permit we’re expecting for a new Best Western Plus on the north end of town.” 

The expansion of Rivers Edge Hospital will take approximately 22 to 26 months to complete. Improvements include increasing total beds to 25, adding another operating room, establishing a single entry point for the hospital and emergency department along with providing an on-site cafe.

Expansion and renovation of Nobel Hall of Science at Gustavus will nearly double the buildings footprint to just over 177-thousand square feet. Officials say the project will be completed in 2020.

If the legislature approves funding, the Saint Peter Regional Treatment Center will undergo a multi-year project to add more beds, update heating and air conditioning, among other improvements.

The Solace Apartments will sit on a three-acre sized lot on North Sunrise Drive and are being built by the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. Work started last fall on the project.

Best Western Plus will sit on the north side of town between Highway 169 and Old Minnesota Avenue. The Hotel will be in operation by early 2019 and it will include meeting facilities and a swimming pool.