Like just about everyone else, our construction crews took some time off to be with their families and friends over the holiday, so renovations on the inside of the hospital slowed a bit last week. Because of weather delays to the construction taking place on the roof, some workmen gave up part of their holiday time off and worked on the roof last Friday. They are truly pushing very hard to keep to the construction schedule and to complete this project as quickly as possible.
Here’s what to expect construction-wise in the next two weeks:
4-A North: Duct work and bulkhead installations are complete and the rough-in inspections will occur within the next 10 days. As soon as those inspections are done, drywall installation will begin in the private patient rooms. Framing for a new electrical closet has begun and should be completed by the end of the week.
2-C: Construction on the new medical/surgical patient care area on the second floor is right on schedule. Duct work installation, electrical wiring and copper pipe rough-ins are finished. Drywall will be installed over the next 10 days and the painters will begin priming the walls.
New Office Space: The Executive Administration suite on the second floor is complete and staff moved into the offices last week, ahead of schedule!
Elevator Shafts: Scaffolding is being erected in the elevator shafts that will connect the new helipad with the Emergency Department. With the scaffolding in pace, construction crews will get to work waterproofing the shafts and doing the masonry wook required around the elevator doors. The doors that will open in the Emergency Department require the construction of a new wall, and the relocation of some existing card-access double doors. There will be some rerouting of foot traffic during construction, but signage will be in place to direct patients and visitors around the affected area.
Growing On Outside FMH
The weather has not been kind! As you are well aware, the recent rain and wind has put a damper on all outdoor activities and, unfortunately, that holds true for construction as well. We have lost two days of work on the roof because of inclement weather, so workers are toiling doubly hard when they get the chance to work on the roof. We have had to make some minor changes to the crane schedule because of the rain and wind delays:
November 19th – the small crane was removed from the main campus
December 6th – small crane returns to main campus and the second load of steel is delivered
December 6th – 8th – crane delivers steel to roof of hospital
December 9th – crane exists campus
Roof construction continues between December 9th and December 17th when the crane is scheduled to return to hoist prefabricated concrete slabs to the roof.
We understand that as thoughts turn to the holiday season, there may be some concern about construction taking place around December 24th and 25th. We want to assure our friends and neighbors that no construction activities are scheduled to occur on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
As always, we’re here to answer your questions and hear your concerns about this ongoing construction project. You can leave a comment or question right here on the blog and we’ll get right back to you, or call our Construction Hotline at 240-566-3366 to hear the latest updates. You can also leave us a message on the hotline. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re also keeping track of our progress through our Flickr Photostream! We’ll keep all of our construction-related photos in sets labeled by month.
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