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Hospital unveils early ideas

The layout of the new Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital almost is
complete, and the hospital’s leaders hope to break ground on the
new building in spring 2012.

Ken Carlson, the hospital’s vice president of planning and business
development, joined an architect from the design firm Kahler-Slater
to present some of the preliminary site plans to the village of
Prairie du Sac plan commission Nov. 7.

“We came up with the idea of presenting a concept plan in part to
allow you all to give feedback, input and ask questions,” Carlson

The village of Prairie du Sac will play a larger role in moving the
hospital through the approval process than the village of Sauk City
and town of Prairie du Sac, said Mark Roffer, a planner for the
village assisting the municipalities with the hospital

According to a layout showed by Carlson, the hospital building will
be located on a parcel of land southeast of the Sauk Prairie
Airport between County Road PF and Sauk Prairie Road.

The layout showed an access road to the hospital from PF and one
from Highway 12, although Carlson said the Highway 12 entrance will
require approval from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation,
which the hospital is working to get.

Most of the land of the nearly 120 acres likely would remain
undeveloped, at least for the foreseeable future, Carlson

Prairie du Sac Village Administrator Alan Wildman said the
remainder of the land likely would be zoned for other institutional
uses like hospital buildings and schools.

Carlson said as far as landscaping, the hospital has discussed
keeping it as natural as possible so there won’t be a row of trees
all the same height, and the hospital will try to limit the use of
short grass that would require mowing.

Carlson showed a possible layout for the hospital building itself
with the ER and unloading and loading zones at the southern end of
the building, and its overnight beds at the north end where they
overlooked natural areas.

Throughout the building were enclosed gardens, and the layout
garnered praise from members of the plan commission.

Jon Sandeman said it was smart to isolate the noisier parts of the
hospital and to integrate natural areas throughout the

“I love the way it’s organized,” Sandeman said. “It’s

Carlson said the hospital is designing the schematics for the new
hospital and that phase will be completed in December.

“There’s a lot of neat features we’re putting in,” Carlson said. He
said the hospital is considering a meditation room and outdoor
seating for the cafeteria.

He didn’t present how the building’s exterior would look, but he
assured the plan commission that “it’s very Sauk Prairie

In addition to the hospital building, Carlson said there would be a
medical office building that could be three stories tall and 60,000
square feet depending on how many physicians show interest in
renting office space there.

Carlson said phase two of the building would involve adding a
wellness center to the hospital.

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