August 18, 2021

Lynden clinic to bring needed care to local communities

Image from Exxel Pacific [enlarge]

The development will flank Kulshan Veterinary Hospital on two sides.

PeaceHealth broke ground last week on a new clinic at Benson and East Badger roads in Lynden. Project backers say the clinic will aid PeaceHealth in providing better health care to communities in north and east Whatcom County. PeaceHealth has an orthopedic clinic in Lynden, but its closest primary clinic is about 12 miles south in Bellingham.

The new 22,500-square-foot clinic will house primary and specialty care services. In announcing plans to build the clinic in 2019, PeaceHealth said it will relocate the existing Lynden clinic to the new site. It said it could add specialty care services such as cardiology, OB-GYN and pediatrics, and ancillary services such as imaging and laboratory services, as local demand dictates.

A site plan, dated this month, shows the building and 162 parking stalls on the south and east property boundaries of Kulshan Veterinary Hospital. Behind it are a residential neighborhood and Homestead Farms Golf Course.

The Lynden Tribune reported last year that the 5-acre doglegged parcel where PeaceHealth is building was owned by Expectant Enterprises LLC, which has four governors who are or have been veterinarians with Kulshan. The veterinary hospital sits on about 4 acres, according to the Tribune. Both areas look like they were once farmlands.

The site plan shows the project team as Exxel Pacific of Bellingham, Carletti Architects of Mount Vernon, Pacific Surveying & Engineering of Bellingham, Kingworks Structural Engineers of Bellingham, and Petra of La Palma, California.

A representative from Exxel Pacific says this is a design-build project, with Exxel performing site work, utilities and construction management. She said a bridge to the site shown on the site plan is a separate contract and is needed for access.

The new clinic is expected to be open in May or June of 2023.

Vancouver-based PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system providing care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.