November 14, 2014
Beginning on or about December 1st, a large crane will be brought onto the Hospital Replacement Wing construction site for erection of the structural steel, which is scheduled to begin a few days after arrival of the crane. For certain portions of the work near the existing hospital, the crane will encroach into the helipad clear zone atop the existing hospital building.
The steel installation will require the closure of the Fainer building helipad for approximately 6 weeks from December 1st to January 9th, 2015. During this period, the alternate landing site located in the upper parking lot near Foothill Road will be used for emergency daytime helicopter operations. Additionally, over the following few months, there will be occasional days when use of a tall crane will be necessary and the upper parking lot landing site will be used.
The use of the upper parking lot landing site will be limited to Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Nighttime and weekend landings will continue to be on the helipad atop the existing hospital building. Historically, helicopter landings occur on average of 2-3 times per week with the majority occurring on weekends.