Marquette Hospitality House on Track for Grand Opening by Christmas


MARQUETTE, Mich. — Construction on the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House resumed April 5 after a short pause for winter. Located next to the UP Health System – Marquette hospital (UPHS), the new Beacon House will provide a “home away from home” for patients and families from across the Upper Peninsula seeking medical care in Marquette. Site work on the 27,000-square-foot, two-story facility began in August 2020 with a target grand opening celebration by Christmas 2021.

Currently in the second phase of construction, the Mariucci Family Beacon House has been thoughtfully designed with patients’ and their family’s needs in mind. More than just an affordable place to stay, Beacon House will cater to guests’ physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing by offering additional services and spaces including:

  • 20 private Guest Rooms that promote comfort and healing
  • Two Overnight Support Suites for extended stays
  • A dedicated Cancer Guest Wing to offer extra safety and peace of mind to cancer patients
  • A Meeting and Conference Room to consult with medical providers and family members
  • A Community Kitchen to prepare affordable, healthy meals and foster a sense of community
  • A Guest TV Lounge to relax and make lasting connections
  • A peaceful Outdoor Gathering Space with access to bike paths

Furthermore, the new Beacon House’s close proximity to Marquette’s regional hospital offers guests improved access to medical care and removes any financial barriers or fears of being far from home without support. For many U.P. residents seeking treatment for cancer, heart disease, and other specialty care, UPHS is their only option.

“We have been working around the clock to make our new Beacon House a reality since the hospital announced their plans to move,” said Mary Tavernini Dowling, CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula. “We have overcome many hurdles with acquiring the new property, raising funds for construction, and navigating the pandemic, all while still providing support to patients and families experiencing medical crises through our Operation Overnight program. Now, we are facing down our last challenge: raising the final funds to help us make it home.”

Beacon House reached its first fundraising goal of $3 million last summer, and an additional $1 million since then, but there is still progress to be made. The organization encourages more U.P. businesses, organizations, and individuals to pledge or donate to help raise the additional $1.5 million needed to complete the project, due to cost changes mostly resulting from COVID-related supply and demand issues. Beacon House offers multiple options to show support, including named opportunities in the new facility, the Adopt-A-Day program to honor a loved one, and one-time or recurring donations.

“We all hope we or a loved one never get sick or need emergency medical attention, but it happens every day. If we have learned anything over the past year, it’s that the U.P. comes together during times of crisis,” said Steve Mariucci. “Beacon House provides a nurturing, home-like environment and allows guests to focus on healing while receiving critical care. My family and I look forward to opening the new Beacon House and giving the entire U.P. the best present of all this Christmas: one less worry.”

Additional information about the new facility and how to support Beacon House can be found at upbeaconhouse.org.


Press Contact
For more information on the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House, please contact Mary Tavernini Dowling at 906-360-6000 or mary@upbeaonhouse.org.

Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House
The Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House becomes a “home away from home” for patients and families that travel across the Upper Peninsula to receive speciality medical care at the UP Health System – Marquette hospital. Offering compassionate, empathetic, and supportive care, Beacon House ensures that families in a medical crisis never have to ask, “Where am I going to stay and how am I going to afford it?”

The original Beacon House and Hospitality Rooms provided over 325,000 overnight stays to families and loved ones in the hospital, as well as cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Over the past 18 years, Beacon House has saved U.P. families an estimated $65 million in lodging and meals. While the average stay is 3.5 nights, the longest stay was 337 nights. Beacon House has been a home away from home for residents of all 15 counties in the U.P., as well as loved ones of patients from every state in the U.S. and six countries around the world.

Beacon House is a private, nonprofit, donation-based organization.


August 21, 2020 



Marquette, MI: The Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House broke ground recently to mark the start of the construction for the $5.4 million Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula (HHUP) on the newly acquired land next to the UP Health System-Marquette hospital (UPHS), with Steve and Gayle Mariucci performing the honors with the first shovel in the ground. The new Beacon House will be a 20-guest room, two story facility with approximately 27,000 square feet.

“Today marked the beginning of a new journey to help our U.P. neighbors in times of medical crisis,” said Steve Mariucci. “This new Beacon House is going to be a home away from home for patients and families for many years to come, and my family is very proud to be a part of something so supportive and enduring.”

Leading the groundbreaking ceremony along with the Mariucci’s was HHUP CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling, HHUP Board Vice President Sue LeGalley, UPHS CEO Gar Atchison, City Manager Mike Angeli, Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Amy Clickner, Brownfield Authority Chairman David Allen, State Representative Sara Cambensy, and former guests of Beacon House Tom and Kelly Reynolds.

Site work will begin on August 24, 2020 to prepare for the new construction, will continue through the construction season and begin again with the spring thaw in 2021. During the interim, the campaign will continue to raise the additional $2 million needed to complete the project, with a goal of hosting a Grand Opening celebration in time for Christmas of 2021. The organization just recently reached the first fundraising goal of $3 million dollars, and is encouraging more U.P. businesses, individuals and organizations to pledge or donate to the campaign.

Closner Construction & Sales has been awarded the General Contractor bid for the construction of the project, designed by Dax Richer and Jason Gautier of RG Design, with Brian Savolainen as Civil Engineer. JP Electric and Dresseler Mechanical Inc. are subcontracting the electric, mechanical and plumbing work and Oberstar Inc. has been awarded the site contracting.

“We often say that in the U.P. being a neighbor has nothing to do with your address, it has everything to do with how we look out for each other in times of need,” remarked Steve Mariucci. “We have so many people to thank for helping us reach this first goal. People across the UP have proven to be the most incredible neighbors. Their donations are helping us to build the house where medical patients and families will find comfort and a safe affordable place to get some rest.”

The first $3 million fundraising goal will provide the funds for more than half of the project.

“We are so excited to get this construction started,” said Mary Tavernini Dowling, CEO. “We have put in a tremendous amount of effort to get to this celebratory day. Every inch of this design is purposeful and developed with the medical patient and family’s needs in mind, from the special cancer wing and wig salon for cancer patients to the well laid-out community kitchen, outdoor porches and deck. We have the funds to get started and the next leg of our fundraising will help us make it home.”