Indianapolis Construction Update

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Watch the latest on the Indianapolis campus construction

Construction is under way on the new six-story patient bed tower and expanded Emergency Department at St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis. Learn the latest about the project and what you'll be able to see in winter 2009.

Friday, September 26, 2008

First look at expanded Indianapolis campus

Preview what the expanded Indianapolis campus will look like when the patient bed tower and expanded emergency department open in 2010.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Medical Office Building Patient Drop-Off Temporarily Closed

The patient drop-off area on the east side of the Medical Office II Building (5255 E. Stop 11 Rd.) is expected to be closed from Monday to Oct. 6 due to construction.

Patient drop-off will be available on the north side of the building. A pedestrian walkway from the new northeast parking lot to the Medical Office Building II will be in place through out the construction period.

The loading docks and physician parking lot will remain open and can be accessed via the new perimeter road.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Coming this month: Shelters and shuttles and shrubs! Oh, my!

For several months, shuttle buses have been ferrying patients, employees and visitors to and from the Heart Center and other locations around the campus.

This month, passengers will notice other improvements in that free service. Four shelters will be built in the outlying parking lots on the east/northeast side of the campus, offering riders more security and convenience. Shuttle buses make regular circuits from 5 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. A bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift, can accommodate 12 passengers.

More than 1,600 new parking spaces have been added, bringing the campus total to 3,119.

Other visible signs of progress are taking root in September. Initial landscaping is set to take place with the planting of trees and shrubs, reports Brian Phillips, project director with Tonn and Blank Construction.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Upon these rocks a hospital addition will be raised

Construction continues to move steadily along at the Indianapolis campus as workers prepare to lay the foundation for the six-story Bed Tower. A special ceremony – led by Sister Marlene Shapley, vice president of mission services – will take place at 12:15 p.m., Monday, June 23 at the foundation site, near the main entrance to the Heart Center.

Sister Marlene shares the significance of this event and writes:

In September 2007, COO Keith Jewell, Anita Trackwell (clinical services director
at Mooresville) and I made a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy. The purpose
of the pilgrimage was to deepen our knowledge and understanding of our
Franciscan heritage.

While in Assisi, we visited many places where Francis had walked. At all the places we visited, we learned of the significance to Francis and had a prayer service or ritual to make this a part of our lives.

At one place, San Damiano, we were given a stone from the quarry in Assisi. The meaning of this is to remind us that we are built on the foundation of our Franciscan heritage. We decided to bring a rock from the places we visited, and place them in the foundation of the new building on the Indianapolis campus.

We visited the Carceri, a hill top area above Assisi that Francis and his followers often went to pray. Then we toured San Damiano where Francis heard the words of Jesus spoke from the cross – "Francis repair my church for it is falling into ruin." We also visited The Portiuncula, another one of the churches that Francis repaired; La Verna, where Francis received the stigma of Christ; and Greccio where Francis re-enacted the living Nativity.

A rock from each of these places is being placed in the foundation of our new building at the Indianapolis campus. We are truly being built on our Franciscan foundation.

The St. Francis family is invited to attend Monday’s event.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Women & Children Services’ parking lot work begins

The latest phase of construction gets started in the parking lot near the Women & Children’s Services (WCS) main entrance.

An area of the east side of the lot will be closed to parking this week and is not expected to reopen until July 4, reports WCS Director Lori Warner. Following that, a new phase of construction will begin, designed to combine the WCS and Heart Center parking lots.

St. Francis employees are asked to park in the employee section of the Heart Center lot or the back of the Emergency Department lot during this period.

A temporary north-south walkway will continue to serve as access to the main entrances of the WCS and Heart Center.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Heart Center roundabout will temporarily close

The roundabout at the entrance of the St. Francis Heart Center will be closed to visitor’ vehicles May 30 and 31 and June 2 to accommodate storm sewer and related drainage work.

Construction workers will be at the site to help direct traffic and to assist patients, visitors and shuttle drivers needing to drop off riders at the Heart Center’s main entrance. They also will be on hand to help drivers needing to pick up patients who are being discharged.

“Any unfinished construction left at the end of each day will be plated to allow for traffic after hours,” says Bryan Cooper of Tonn and Blank Construction. “The area will be well marked with cones, flashing lights and other safety devices.”

The project is needed to blend the parking lots at the Heart Center and Women and Children’s Services.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Progress continues on new bed tower

Late spring will bring the first outward signs of the six-story patient bed tower on the Indianapolis Campus.

The basement excavation is nearly complete, and the tower crane will be set in early May in anticipation of the steel beams being installed. Steel erection will start in early June, and the building will be enclosed by next spring.

Stoplight update

New traffic signals are expected to be installed by early summer around the Indianapolis campus.

A traffic signal on Stop 11 Road currently is being installed and will be operational this month.

In addition, plans for installing a traffic signal at the north hospital entrance on Emerson Avenue have been approved by the City of Indianapolis. Five utility poles will need to be relocated before the traffic light can be installed. The Emerson Avenue light should be in by early summer.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

'Big dig' underway at Indianapolis campus

Project leaders with Tonn and Blank Construction report that the “big dig” for the foundation of the new six-story Bed Tower is now under way and it could be up to two weeks before it is completed. The major excavation will take three to five weeks because additional shoring needs to be installed.

The primary excavation should not present any new traffic or parking restrictions.
Automobile access from the north (off Stop 11 Road) on the former perimeter road to the loading dock and the physician parking lots behind Medical Office Buildings I and II will remain open.

However, three building exits facing the now-former Heart Center parking lot will be closed due to the construction, one each at D Wing, the Heart Center and Ambulatory Surgery.

Shuttle service eases parking crunch

This week's forecast of rainy weather needn't dampen the spirits of Heart Center visitors.

Since the opening of the new Heart Center parking lot, two shuttle buses have been operating on the east side of Indianapolis campus. In most cases, patients, employees and visitors are met by one of the shuttle buses as soon as they park their cars in the new Heart Center lot.

Primarily, passengers are taken to the Heart Center front entrance, where they can access that facility and other parts of the campus. By request, the shuttles will take passengers to other entrances around the hospital campus.

The free shuttle service operates from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. The buses, which can hold up to 12 passengers, are equipped with wheelchair lifts.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Free shuttles shorten the walk

Since the opening of the new Heart Center parking lot, two shuttle buses have been operating on the east side of Indianapolis campus. In most cases, patients, employees and visitors are met by one of the shuttle buses as soon as they park their cars in the new Heart Center lot. Primarily, passengers are taken to the Heart Center front entrance, where they can access that facility and other parts of the campus. By request, the shuttles will take passengers to other entrances around the St. Francis Hospital—Indianapolis campus.

The shuttle buses – which each accommodate up to 12 passengers – operate from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. The buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift.

“We offer the shuttle bus service for safety and convenience,” said John Ross, St. Francis—Indianapolis campus administrator. “The drivers make regular circuits through the parking lots and try their best to meet each car to offer a ride to the Heart Center or any other entrance on campus.”

There is never any charge to ride the shuttle buses.

Bed Tower excavation to start

Primary excavation is set to begin at the site for the new Bed Tower at St. Francis Hospital—Indianapolis campus. Digging will start soon on the site that hosted the former Heart Center parking lot (east side of campus) where a new, six-story inpatient facility will be built.

The primary excavation should not present any new traffic changes or restrictions, as the former Heart Center parking lot and lower half of the east section of the former perimeter road were taken out of service in December. Staging of digging equipment should not interfere with traffic flow in and around the Heart Center.

Automobile access from the north (off Stop 11 Road) on the former perimeter road to the loading dock and the physician parking lots behind Medical Office Buildings I and II will remain open throughout primary excavation.

However, three building exits facing the now-former Heart Center parking lot will be closed due to the construction – one each on D Wing, the Heart Center and Ambulatory Surgery.

Initial phases of the bed tower construction project were completed in late December — most notably the paving and opening of the first new parking area and a new perimeter road — located directly between the Heart Center and I-65.