Cranes Mark Milestone For Hospital
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2008) - Two construction cranes are being installed this week at the site of the new UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Crews have spent a year completing infrastructure work since officials broke ground on the new 1.2 million square foot facility last May.
"The installation of the cranes is a milestone and you will begin to see the shell of this hospital start to take shape," said Bob Wiseman, UK's vice president of facility management.
While the cranes are in place-until May 2010-medical helicopters bringing patients to UK Chandler Hospital will have access to the current heliport and an alternative landing zone, near UK's Commonwealth Stadium. The use of the current Chandler heliport will depend on weather and site conditions. The alternate site has been refurbished with three new concrete landing pads, paint and lighting.
The area was used as UK's landing site before the critical care tower was completed in 1990 and has occasionally been used as an alternate landing site in recent years as well. The site is near the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot, away from surrounding neighborhoods, and is separated from homes by trees and an embankment.
"The alternate landing site will not change the current flight path of the helicopters," said Murray Clark, associate vice president for medical center operations. Due to its proximity to the football stadium, an alternate location will be used on home game days.