Past Monthly Updates
After nearly 7 years of planning and 4 years of construction, the ribbon cutting event for our new main hospital, site park, underground visitor’s garage, and Research 3 building occurred on June 11th. This is a tremendous milestone for Nationwide Children's Hospital as we move further into the 21st century with our new healthcare facilities. We are heading full speed ahead to “Go Live” on June 20th.
It seemed back in September, 2008, when we officially broke ground, that 4 years would be plenty of time for our largest construction project ever to be completed. Well, it was enough time. But I can say that to get to this point in time, there has been a huge amount of effort provided by hundreds of people to make this grand transformation of Nationwide Children's Hospital into one of the best pediatric facilities in the country.
There is not much more to write about now that we have officially dedicated the new campus facilities. It has been a great adventure these past few years as I have shared details about structural steel beams and columns, reinforced concrete frames, post tensioned concrete, special “Betty Crocker cake mix” dirt, worm benches, mushroom benches, aluminum glass curtainwall systems, steam lines, air handling equipment, terrazzo flooring w/ the “mixer guy”, tower cranes, the installation of the Honda Civic in Physical therapy area, wall graphics, way finding design, construction mock ups, helipad details, chillers and boilers, and IS systems. The list goes on and on.
The one item I have not shared is some details about our “animal friends”. These friendly critters are key to providing a pleasant and less stressful visit to NCH as a child. They were thoughtfully designed and specifically constructed with the utmost care. I have included a few photos of some of our “friends” that you may have seen already. I have also included a number of pictures taken during the NCH staff picnic and our Campus Dedication Ceremony.
I hope you have enjoyed this adventure of construction as much as our design and construction teams have here in Engineering Services. We look forward to renovating the older sections of our campus as many of our “backfill projects” begin to unfold. Several projects are already in the design stages and construction will be starting very soon as various departments move into our new main hospital building. Stay tuned as we endeavor together to enhance our campus and continually look for ways to make Nationwide Children's Hospital the very best pediatric healthcare facility available. I was at the dedication ceremony and my hope is that all the wishes hung on the Wishing Tree do in fact come true.
Front Row (left to right) on the mushroom benches: Gary Schmitt, Project manager w/ Turner Smoot; Brian Ezzell, Owner’s representative w/ The Georgetown Group
Back Row (left to right) standing: Joe Massey, Assistant Project Engineer w/ Turner Smoot; Dave Wohlwend, Construction Manager w/ Nationwide Children's Hospital; and Rick Espe, Principal in Charge w/ MKSK Landscape Architects.
Not pictured: Lavonne Grosjean, project landscape architect w/ MKSK; Eric Lucas, Project Manager w/ MKSK; TR Mason, Owner’s representative w/ Project Control Systems; Gary Claar, Project Manager w/ Nationwide Children's Hospital (behind the camera)
The author of this construction update was found sleeping in a nook of the magic forest …….. dreaming of the next construction update!