Structural Steel - Helipad Closure Update

Updated January 28, 2015

Steel erection is well underway and we are making good progress. Due to rain, the Contractor had to push the crane arrival and steel erection that was scheduled to begin on or about December 1st, to December 15th. An additional crane has been brought onsight to install more of the drilled concrete piles near the cafeteria building.

For certain portions of this work, both cranes will encroach into the helipad clear zone atop the existing hospital building. This will require the closure of the Fainer building helipad for approximately 8 weeks from December 15th thru the first week in February.  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.  Some addtional noise and truck traffic will be experienced during the steel erection.

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Ehret, VCMC Hospital Replacement Wing Project Director at 805-652-3268 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.