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Timeline & Milestones

St. Mary Mercy Hospital will achieve a milestone this fall when it opens its newest building, the South Pavilion.

The community is invited to the South Pavilion Grand Opening, scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities include tours, health education, kids activities, entertainment, giveaways, refreshments and more. The event is free. Learn more about our grand opening celebration.

Browse our Timeline of Milestones leading up to the Grand Opening of the South Pavilion:

construction kick-off February 2011
St. Mary Mercy kicked off the South Pavilion project in February 2011. Hospital associates, volunteers, and physicians gathered for a special ceremony. Sister Janet Marie Adamczyk, Chief Mission Officer, led a call to prayer and scripture reading, followed by a Blessing of the Hard Hats for representatives of Granger Construction Company; Hobbs + Black Architects; and St. Mary Mercy Hospital staff.
May 2011
In May 2011, contractors set the foundation for the South Pavilion. The new 154,000-square-foot building will include an emergency department and all private patient rooms.
August 2011
St. Mary Mercy employees and community members celebrated the South Pavilion beam-raising ceremony in August 2011. The event commemorated the steel framework construction phase. Community leaders and St. Mary Mercy Hospital associates, volunteers and physicians signed the beam to celebrate the milestone. At the ceremony, workers installed the signed beam in the building’s steel frame.
November 2011
In November 2011, crews completed the steel framework on the South Pavilion. The three-stories framework measures the length of three football fields layered on top of each other.
December 2011
Contractors completed the exterior construction of the South Pavilion by December 2011. The exterior bricks were selected to match the current brick of the original St. Mary Mercy Hospital building.
January 2012
In January 2012, construction crews completed the first patient room. The room is being used as a model for the remaining patient rooms on the third and second floors. Contractors are continuing to set interior features in place.

March 2012
PAWS from the Detroit Tigers helped kick off the Generations Together Employee Philanthropy Campaign that benefits the South Pavilion construction. The campaign kickoff was held opening day of  baseball spring training in March.

In the spring 2012, workers started constructing the new Emergency Center. The first floor of the South Pavilion will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Center: 55 treatment rooms each designed for clinical-specific needs, including a behavioral medicine treatment area, Senior ER and trauma rooms. The main treatment area features a racetrack layout that concentrates the clinician care inside the core, creating direct access to the patient treatment rooms and keeps the care team close to the patient. The design of the first-floor visitor seating area includes cozy living room spaces, creating a more comforting environment for patients’ loved ones.


April 2012
A group of 11 Livonia firefighters got a preview Wednesday, April 18 of St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s new South Pavilion, a 154,000-square-foot building to open this fall. Contractor Granger Construction organized the tour as an opportunity for firefighters to walk through the building layout firsthand. Knowing the physical arrangement of areas such as exit routes, elevators, or security areas help firefighters plan before responding to an emergency. The South Pavilion will undergo official fire and safety code inspections by the Livonia Fire Prevention Division in early fall.

In April, crews started the site work phase with installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters around the building.

May 2012
On May 14, employees and the Generations Together Campaign Cabinet gathered in the Healing Garden for a blessing of the West Addition cornerstone relocation. The time capsule that was sealed at the original location of the cornerstone was also relocated. The items in the capsule include state, county and city proclamations, and newspapers published the week of Feb. 14, 1997, the date of the dedication. The cornerstone of the West Addition was relocated due to the construction of the South Pavilion. The new building and the West Addition, which contains the Miracle of Life Birthing Center and Surgical Services, will connect at the previous location of the cornerstone.
June 2012
St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s annual “Tee It Up” Golf Classic raised over $215,000 for the Generations Together Campaign. A record number of golfers, a total of 268 people, participated in the fundraiser and silent auction that was held Monday, June 18 at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville. The Generations Together Campaign also hosted a separate fundraiser with a raffle for a 2012 Softail Deluxe Harley-Davidson Motorcycle donated by Motor City Harley-Davidson in Farmington Hills. The raffle raised more than $21,000.

In the future…


  • Semi-Private Patient Rooms Renovation
    After the completion of the South Pavilion, the semi-private rooms in the North Building convert to private rooms. By the end of the year, the hospital will have all private patient rooms.


  • North Entrance Renovation
    The renovation of the main entrance will allude to the hospital’s past as well as modernize the facility.

Timeline updated: July 2012

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