Construction crews are making great progress both inside and outside the walls of Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH). It’s a tricky juggling act, making extensive renovations without disrupting our mission — providing superb patient care — foot traffic patterns, or patient transport throughout the hospital, but we’re managing to keep all of the balls in the air.
On 4A, duct work installation is complete and finishing touches are being made to the bulkheads in our new, private patient rooms. Core drilling continues (mostly over the weekends) and some rooms on the third floor are being rotated out of service to patients don’t find themselves immediately under the drilling. The drilling creates space for plumbing and vent lines.
On 2C (where our Administration offices used to be), a new medical/surgical patient care area is quickly taking shape. Duct work installation will be finished this week and the rough-ins for the copper pipe are nearly complete. The door frames are being installed and the electrical wiring should be done this week. Core drilling will continue here over the next two weeks.
The new office space on the second floor is nearing completion. The carpets have been installed and the doors have been hung. The ceiling grid and borders are up and the sprinkler system is complete. The rooms will be painted over the next two weeks and the offices will be occupied before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Construction crews are also working to create two new elevator shafts to connect the relocated helipad to the Emergency Department. The temporary walls (used to cut down on the noise and dust around the construction sites) are up on all of the affected floors. Once the construction is complete the walls will come down and we’ll have two new elevators in service.
The areas behind the hospital along Park Avenue will be bustling with activity over the next two weeks as the equipment and supplies for the helipad relocation project arrive.
The biggest, most noticable pieces will be the cranes. The “small” crane (if you can call a 275-ton crane “small”) was delivered November 14th. Looking ahead into the rest of the week:
- November 15th: roofing materials delivered to work site
- November 16th: first load of steel delivered to work site
- November 16-17: crane delivers steel to the roof of the hospital
- November 19th: small crane leaves the work site
We’ll have a short break from the crane action while construction crews assemble the support steel on the roof. On November 28th the small crane returns for a three-day visit to lift another batch of steel to the roof.
Construction will continue on the roof from November 30th to December 17th. On December 17th, the “large” (550-ton) crane is due to arrive. As with the small crane, the base will be delivered and then trucks carrying pieces of the crane’s boom arm will arrive on-site in tractor trailers. We’ll have the trucks stage at the Materials Distribution Center (605 East Church Street) so only one truck will be on Park Avenue at any given time. The crane will be assembled in one day.
- December 18th: precast concrete delivered to work site
- December 19-31st: crane delivers concrete to the roof of the hospital
- December 31st: large crane leaves the work site
Depending on weather, some of these dates (particularly those in December) could shift slightly, but we’ll keep you posted on any changes.
Some of the activity associated with the cranes and the delivery of construction materials will cause some noise that will be noticeable to our neighbors. We want our neighbors to know we understand how disconcerting construction sounds can be and that we’re doing everything possible to minimize disruptions.
As always, if you have feedback for us, please feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or email me personally at email@example.com. You can also call our Construction Hotline (240-566-3366) for the latest information or to leave us a voice message.