This newsletter is part of Enloe Medical Center’s commitment to keep you informed about significant construction activity for our expansion project. Updates for the next two months include:
Emergency Department expansion, major construction of Century Project complete
On Tuesday, June 9 at 7 a.m. we opened the second addition of the Emergency Department (ED) expansion ahead of schedule. This milestone represents the completion of building construction for our Century Project that began in 2006. We now have 25,000 square feet of space for emergency care and 13 new ED beds for a total of 39. We are fortunate to have additional emergency department space at a time when ED visits have skyrocketed to nearly 60,000 this year, up from 48,000 in 2014. With the final phase of the ED expansion, we were also able to open a new public corridor that much more directly connects the main lobby with the rest of the hospital. Other completed aspects of the Century Project have been the Magnolia Tower (including a surgery center) and parking structure, plus the first phase of the Emergency Department expansion. The last piece will be a park. Work on the park is expected to begin later this year. Thank you, neighbors, for your patience throughout the years of this project.
New fountain, plaza beautify grounds near Emergency Entrance – Along with the completion of the final phase of Emergency Department expansion, we turned on a new fountain outside the Emergency Entrance. This feature is part of a beautiful plaza with low-water-use landscaping, a shaded trellis and benches. The fountain recirculates its water and, to avoid evaporation, runs only during the mornings and evenings. The sound and site of the fountain and plaza are a soothing welcome to those coming to Enloe Medical Center. We will continue monitoring how we use the fountain in this period of drought. We are excited about this feature and are grateful to the donor who supported it.
What’s missing from this picture? For the first time since 2006, the construction trailers are no longer set up on the Esplanade Campus. They left in May. Maybe you noticed that we now have a more clear view through this section of the campus. The trailers were on campus beginning with the pre-construction utility work and groundbreaking for the Magnolia Tower.
Next steps for the park – Plans for the park – the true final phase of the Century Project – have not yet been finalized. Currently we have the playground in place (shown in photo above), thanks to Chico Rotary, and we have drawings for a plaza space that will honor and recognizes donors to the Enloe Foundation. At this time, we are also working with representative of the Mechoopda tribe to help identify appropriate native plants that can be used in the park, with an emphasis on plants that are used for healing. When details are available, we will share with you. We anticipate that we will begin work on the plaza for the park by the end of this year. Meanwhile, we continue to work with our landscaping contractor and Cal Water to manage our landscape watering and to reduce water usage overall.
Last update until the end of the year – Since active construction work is not planned until the end of the year, we will not have neighborhood impacts to report. We will put this publication on pause until that time, when there will be information to share with you.
While we do our best to project dates, they are subject to change due to factors including weather and permits. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bill Seguine, Director of Property Development and Facilities Management, at (530) 864-1322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Enloe Century Project, and to read archived issues of this newsletter, visit www.enloe.org/century.