Wold Architects and Engineers is a full-service design firm focused on sustainable architecture and engineering for education, government, healthcare, and senior living facilities. Since 1968, Wold is committed to delivering exceptional, long-term service to clients and their communities. Our national office is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, with other offices based in Denver, Colorado; Palatine, Illinois; and Dubuque, Iowa (in conjunction with Straka Johnson Architects). Our company ranks No. 38 nationally by the 2017 Building Design + Construction Giants 300 Report.
For half of a century, Wold has been designing and completing major projects across the US. During the April 9th community meeting presentation, Wold stated that their resume includes more than 500 healthcare projects in 18 states. Perhaps even more impressive is that of the more than 1,300 critical access hospitals currently in operation nationwide, Wold has worked on more than 5% of them. This isn't their first rodeo.
For those interested, I would recommend taking a stroll through Wold's completed projects, especially their "Wellness" projects page. It gives you a little taste of what their hospital and clinic projects look like upon completion, perhaps providing a glimpse into what they might envision for WMC. If you want to check out the results from the community meeting, click to read this article and the PDFs can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Wold A&E recently released the presentation and minutes from the April 9th community meeting. Those documents can be viewed here.
The event was well attended and the amount of positive feedback was refreshing. Stik Cafe cookies and a few pots of coffee fueled the discussion, while SEARHC's donation of 40,000 AK Air miles made sure anyone on the fence decided to show up.
For those who weren't able to attend, or attendees who want a recap, review the PDFs and share with all who may be interested. If you have a Sentinel subscription, read Dan Rudy's write up here. The future of Wrangell as we know it could look extremely different depending on the outcome.
An encouraging item included in the presentation was the timeline for SEARHC's decision of assuming hospital operations. I clipped a portion to share:
So the workshops are in the books. Wold is hard at work putting together a draft to show SEARHC as I'm typing this. The findings could be presented as soon as May. The Borough wants a decision by the end of June, but Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen stated in the community meeting that a decision could come as early as May.
Wold's Josh Ripplinger fielded a question during the Q&A as to how long it will take to complete construction. Ripplinger said from groundbreaking to admitting the first patient was a 30-36 month window. Of course, we shouldn't be overlooking the lawyers having to step in for a bit if SEARHC wants to proceed, but it's fun to start doing to math and envisioning Wrangell being home to the nicest critical access hospital in the state.
Not even two weeks after CBW and SEARHC signed the letter of intent, the steering committee has announced a feasibility work session to take place in Wrangell from April 7th-9th.
Stakeholders from WMC, SEARHC, CBW, AICS, Wrangell Cooperative Association, and the community at-large will participate in a two-day session with Wold Architects and Engineers to frame general healthcare needs in Wrangell.
The work session will culminate on April 9th with a community meeting in the Nolan Center. There, Wold A&E and the committee will present the work session results and listen to any questions from those in attendance. If the future of healthcare in Wrangell isn't enough reason for you to attend, the Stik will provide fresh-baked cookies and SEARHC will offer up 40,000 AK Air miles as a door prize.
The CBW Advisory is below:
This is the first of several meetings the committee will hold in the coming months, that is if SEARHC continues down the road of assuming hospital operations. Come listen first-hand to stakeholders and hospital staff. Have concerns? Come to get answers direct from the source(s).