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Construction Progress

July/August 2014

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:

Façade is complete, drought-friendly landscaping continues – Crews have finalized the façade of the existing two-story building and the new one-story emergency department addition to match the look of the hospital towers. Landscaping the emergency department addition began with building the fountain’s retaining wall. Next we will begin work on the main irrigation line; then place columns for the trellises; and plant trees, shrubs and flowers. This project should wrap up in August. As we previously noted, our computer-controlled irrigation system monitors air temperature, wind speed and the soil’s moisture content to minimize water use. In addition, we use materials and plants that are native to the climate and do not require large amounts of water.

New emergency department to open soon – Construction is essentially complete for the first phase of the emergency department expansion. We anticipate opening the doors to patients as soon as the end of August, pending governmental licensing and approvals. The department will be made up of the one-story building, at 5th Avenue, and rebuilt spaces in the hospital. It will have its own walk-in entrance and separate ambulance entrance, a comfortable lobby with a children’s play area, and a dedicated admitting and triage area. The treatment space is equipped with its own X-ray machine, a 128-slice CT scanner, a 2-bay trauma room with overhead X-ray, and 25 treatment beds. We are planning for a small dedication ceremony to thank donors who helped make the emergency department expansion possible. The date will be determined by the licensing and approvals timeline and could be as soon as mid-August.

Next up: Phase 2 of emergency department expansion – When staff moves in to the new emergency department, crews will immediately shift to finishing the final phase of that expansion. This will involve clearing out and rebuilding the existing emergency room space. When the expansion is complete, the entire emergency will have more than tripled its original space.

Roofing maintenance: One done, two to go – The reroofing of the 1967 building on the Enloe campus, located along 6th Avenue, near Magnolia Avenue, is now complete. On Saturday, July 26, we are scheduled to begin re-roofing two areas of the Fifth Avenue Tower. This is anticipated to be a two-day project. A crane will be on site for one day to remove the existing materials and hoist new materials.

Celebration for new helicopter planned for summer – In the past two newsletters we shared with you that we may hold a celebration on the Enloe campus to mark the arrival of the new (replacement) FlightCare helicopter. The celebration is pending the completion of the retrofitting of the new helicopter, however we plan to have it on a Saturday in order to minimize, as much as possible, traffic within neighborhood streets. As always we will ask guests to park in the Enloe parking structure. We will update you when details are available by posting information here.

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 bill.seguine@enloe.org. To learn more about the Enloe Century Project, and to read archived issues of this newsletter, visit www.enloe.org/century.

Enloe Century Project: Construction progress slide shows