Constructing Our New Hospital: Big Building, Small Details
Posted on Jun 29, 2012
As we transition from the old Eden Hospital to the new one, there are a myriad of details involved. As project director, part of my job is to keep track of them all.
Out with the old … in with the new
I’ve been here for over 35 years and during that time, we’ve renovated almost every square foot of the old hospital, which was built in 1954.
With the passing of the Seismic Safety Act (SB 1953), we took a hard look at our hospital and decided to build a new one to best meet state mandates regarding new earthquake safety standards.
So in 2009, we began a three-year project to replace our 58-year-old hospital with a seismically safe, $320 million state-of-the art facility. Even as we transition, we’ve kept our old hospital in top shape to deliver the highest level of care to each of our patients and their families.
When it’s completed this December, our hospital will be the first new medical center in Alameda County to be built in compliance with the State of California Earthquake Safety Law (SB 1953).
Details, details, details
Here’s a look at just a few of the behind-the-scene details and projects we’re working on:
Emergency Department (ED)
- Addition of an X-ray room to the new ED for greater patient convenience
- Relocation of the helicopter landing site closer to the hospital and just a few feet from our Trauma Center
Reconfiguring the new hospital to increase space
- Relocation of the administrative services, IT, physician medical staff offices, etc., to the new adjoining Medical Office Building
- Creation of a separate hospital space (the Universal Care Unit) for observing ED patients, who might need to be admitted to the hospital, to increase space in the ED
- Relocation of the central plant (boilers, air conditioners, cooling towers, etc.) outside the hospital
- Medical gases (e.g., oxygen): A system for flushing lines and testing for system leaks and gas purity
- Security: Review of all systems to make sure they work individually and collectively together, including card access, security cameras, ID badges, nurse call, infant security, fire alarm, etc.
- Building management systems: Evaluation and tracking of all heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, etc.
- Increase in the number of disabled and handicap parking spaces. Campus rebuild.
Traffic flow and access
- Rebuild of the entire front road and sidewalk as well as reconfiguration of the main entrance driveway slope, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Review and approval of hundreds of signs
- Relocation of art to public areas; select new art for lobby, corridors, patient rooms, etc. in the new hospital
- Installation of computer monitors announcing public events
- Creation of outdoor patio dining area
- Installation of up-to-date kitchen with pizza oven
As for the old hospital, it will demolished by 2014 to create new landscaping and parking spaces.