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.”