Rooftop Helipad Operational
Beginning this week, the new rooftop helicopter landing pad is fully operational. All state and federal inspections have taken place, and the landing pad has been approved and certified to be in accordance with all laws, rules, and regulations. FMH front line staff have been trained in the proper safety procedures and protocols for helicopter landings and take offs, and the FAA has informed all pilots of the changes to landing and takeoff patterns at FMH.
The opening of the rooftop landing pad clears the way for construction of the addition to the parking garage to proceed.
Emma Smith Drive
An FAA rule that restricts construction from coming within 125 feet of a landing pad has allowed the hospital to do only a limited amount of work on the ground around the helipad. Unfortunately, due to this restriction, the timeline for completion of the work on Emma Smith Drive has been extended until after the first of the new year. But now that the rooftop helipad is operational and the ground landing pad has been decommissioned, construction activity will increase noticeably.
A large trench, approximately 60 feet wide, 10 feet deep and 200 feet long, will be dug along the drive to permit installation of the storm water management system. Unlike the old systems that allowed storm water to collect above ground in pools, this new system will be underground and will empty directly into the drainage system on the 7th Street side of the hospital campus.
You will see large trucks entering and exiting the campus from 7th Street, removing dirt as the trench is being dug and bringing in loads of crushed stone to support the water filtration system. We do not anticipate any impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital.
As the building project expands to include the area around the decommissioned ground level landing pad, you will see additional fencing being erected to secure the construction area. Construction zones are extremely dangerous areas. As the actual construction of the garage addition begins and heavy equipment is brought onto the main campus, you will see additional precautions being implemented to ensure the safety of workers, FMH employees, and all visitors to the campus.
Gas Line Work to Begin This Week
Frederick Gas has informed FMH that work on the gas line is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 2. The work in the street will only take one, maybe two, days at the most. Gas service to homes will not be disrupted, and Park Avenue will remain open during the street work with single-lane passage. The entire project should not take more than four or five days to complete, with the majority of the work taking place on the hospital campus.
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