LifeScape will break ground on its new 200,000 square foot Children’s Campus April 12

 LifeScape will break ground on its new 200,000 square foot Children’s Campus April 12, according to a news release.

The $98 million facility will be located on the corner of N Career Ave. and W 34 St. North in northwestern Sioux Falls. The 10-acre property was purchased in May 2023.  

“This project has and will continue to be about the children we serve,” said LifeScape CEO Steve Watkins in the news release. “LifeScape has evolved into a non-profit organization that handles more than 700 diagnoses for more than 3,600 kids, and that was just in this past year.”

A groundbreaking ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the new location. The new facility addresses the growing waitlists and increased number of staff and children, the news release said.  

According to a video on LifeScape’s website, phase 1 of construction consists of a 24/7 residential intermediate care facility (ICF) unit, specialty school, specialty hospital and inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient clinic services. The plan is for phase 1 to be completed by 2026.  Phase 2 includes a community center, gym, courtyard and administrative buildings and phase 3 will be an expansion of the ICF units for 24 additional beds. 

LifeScape started The Journey of Hope campaign to raise money for the project and share the stories of the children impacted by the new campus. As of April 2, 2024, the campaign has raised $86 million of the $98 million goal.

“The Journey of Hope Campaign has been a wonderful opportunity to truly put a spotlight on the services LifeScape offers for children with medically complex diagnoses, developmental disabilities, Autism and more,” says LifeScape Foundation President Jessica Wells. View the story on KELOLAND.