Indianapolis Construction Update

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Food & Nutrition services to transform in new location

The staff of Food & Nutrition Services is gearing up for an expanded cafeteria and eating locations when the new bed tower opens on the Indianapolis campus.

When complete, employees and visitors will have three dining options at the Indianapolis campus. The cafeteria will be centrally located in the new bed tower, where most visitors and employees will be located.

But that’s not the only option. Jazzman’s CafĂ© will remain in its present location by the Gift Shop in the Women & Children’s Services lobby. A third option – a European-style bakery – is being considered. Rather than solely provide take-out, the bakery also would include sit-down booths and would be located on the second floor near where the cafeteria is located currently.

Improved patient experiences

Relocating the cafeteria to the bed tower and potentially adding a bakery in the current cafeteria location aren’t the only changes that will result in saving time. When the new kitchen opens, it will have the added advantage of having a centralized elevator to more quickly get patient trays to the rooms. And the kitchen will have two room service lines to more quickly manage patient requests

Monday, November 16, 2009

Exterior nearing completion; workers to move indoors

With winter approaching, the first order of business for workers on the construction site is to enclosethe new patient tower.

The tower crane, originally installed in May 2008, was removed the first weekend in October. The two-day processwent without a hitch, according to Brian Phillips, project manager. Another 550-ton truck-mounted crane, brought on site to dismantle and remove it, came with a 135-foot main boom and a 308,000-pound counterweight. The heaviest section of the 17-piece tower crane weighed 34,000 pounds.

By mid-October, the roof, ceilings and concrete for the floors had been installed where the crane once stood within the patient tower.

By mid-November, the outer concrete panels and glass—the “skin” of the building—will be installed, and the air handlers will be operational. At that time, more construction workers will be on site to continue work inside.

In 2011, the basement and first three floors of the new addition will be finishedand ready to be occupied by the Emergency Department, Cafeteria, Environmental Services, Surgery, Education Department, Nursing Administration and other services.