Skanska employees Andrew Rios, left, and Greg Gentry assemble walls of a cardboard model of the new ICU floor planned for St. Charles Bend on Thursday in Bend.

The model is a nearly full-scale replica of a possible design for an ICU floor with 24 beds. The 27,000-square-foot mock-up will include beds and other room details to give staff, volunteers and the public a sense of what the space will feel like.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Goodman said other hospitals have done similar large projects.

“It’s done so caregivers and patients can test the flow of the workspace to see if it’s practically and efficiently designed to best support patient care,” she said. “We’re spending $66 million on the tower, which includes the ICU, and we want to make sure we do it right.”

The mock-up cost about $20,000. Feedback from touring the mock-up will be incorporated in the design of the unit. The public is invited to tour the cardboard mock-up located at 20720 Brinson Blvd. in Bend from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Guided tours will last about 30 minutes, and a 10-minute survey will be handed out at the end of the tour.

— Bulletin staff report

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