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“Together we have created a beautiful building that lifts the spirits of our employees, patients and visitors every day. Erdman’s attention to detail and shared commitment to the patient experience makes our campus a special place to work and heal. We look forward to working with Erdman again with future expansion projects.”

— Kerry Swanson, President
St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital


SSM Health Care of Wisconsin (SSM) and Dean Health System (DHS) partnered to offer the Janesville, Wisconsin community a new choice for healthcare services, one that would provide an integrated approach to high-quality care through a comprehensive medical campus. From the beginning, SSM and DHS made it clear to ERDMAN that design choices should be driven by a patient-focused mindset. For them, that meant making the following a reality:

  1. Design features that encourage a warm, healing atmosphere
  2. A cohesive hospital-clinic experience that also allows simple and straightforward way-finding
  3. Design and construction that wouldn’t compromise future campus expansion strategies
  4. Cost-efficient and sustainable practices that benefit the campus and the community


Because of an integrated project delivery model, cost informed the design process. The result? A more efficient design that produced significant savings—savings that allowed the clients to reinvest in the project for added program, equipment, and detailed design work. The project’s success can be seen by outcomes like these:

  1. Evidence-based design that reduces anxiety and promotes comfort through healing gardens, outdoor views of the surrounding landscape, and natural interior features using wood, stone, and water, along with earth-tone finishes
  2. A cohesive hospital-clinic experience from the first point of entry—the large “Town Square,” which not only affords expansive outdoor views but also establishes an easy-to-understand, intuitive way-finding system, augmented with color-coding and windows at the ends of corridors
  3. Design decisions that carefully consider future expansion possibilities, including master-planning for growth to a 200-bed hospital and a clinic double in size to the current
  4. A range of features to encourage efficiency, sustainability, or both, including low-emitting interior finishes, non-irrigated native landscaping, a bioretention system for storm water run-off, automatic lighting control, and high-efficiency condensing boilers

Early engagement, proactive project management, vigorous collaboration—factors like these helped SSM, DHS, and ERDMAN create a successful project, one that exemplifies a commitment not only to quality, but to the people in the surrounding community.


  1. Location: Janesville, WI
  2. 163,000 SF, five story hospital and clinic
  3. 50 private patient rooms, four ICU (plus two swing rooms), 36 Med/Surg, LDRP & Postpartum
  4. Three-story integrated facility houses 50 beds on four floors and includes a partial garden level.
  5. Emergency department, surgery, diagnostics (general radiology, fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, mammography, ultrasound, and mode imaging dock), lab, public, administrative, support services, pharmacy, and food service
  6. Drive-under canopies at hospital main entry and emergency department
  7. Contract amount: $31,374,842
  8. Completed: 2011


Early conceptual renderings were used to gain consensus among user groups: clinicians, staff, patients and their families, throughout the planning and design process.



Evidence-based Design (EBD) is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Edac Champion and Advocate Firms take an additional step, ensuring their healthcare teams become EDAC certified and actively incorporate EBD in their healthcare projects. –The Center for Health Design