The construction crews have started pouring the concrete parking slabs, which will be complete in about 3 weeks.
The storm water detention system located along Wealthy Street in the south end of the parking lot continues. Crews found some large rocks that had to be either removed or broken up into smaller pieces. They also found some buried junk that had to be removed. This slowed them down slightly, but the big black tubes are finally beginning to disappear.
Design Progress - Wayfinding
One big problem we’ve heard from patients & visitors is the difficulty in finding their way between buildings. When the building renovations are complete, all
Outpatient Therapy will be located on the first floor of the main building.
The current OTC building will become a staff support space for Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Fund Development, Administration, IT, and others. This building will be referred to as the Professional Building with a lower level, ground floor, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Floors. Along with new signage, we hope these changes make a big difference.
While you may not think of rebar as fun, here’s a tidbit that makes it a little more interesting: Rebar (short for reinforcing bar) is a common steel bar that is commonly used as a tensioning device to strengthen and hold the concrete in compression.
How much rebar will be in the new Mary Free Bed building? End to end, it will be 96 1/3 miles long! This distance is a little more than the drive from Grand Rapids to Cadillac.
The precast for the new Mary Free Bed building is set to arrive tomorrow. Since the hospital is located in a city environment, there’s no extra room to store the panels on our site until the construction workers are ready to hang them on the building.
Kerkstra Precast, located in Grandville, Mich, is producing our concrete precast panels that will transform our new building from a steel structure into an enclosed building.
Concrete precast fun facts:
Some of the panels are up to 40 feet long
The approximate panel count is 515 panels, which amounts to 74,778 square feet/1,606.41 cubic yards
The heaviest piece is around 46,100 lbs.
Watch the latest Mary Free Bed Construction timelapse video from October 20 - November 18, 2013.
Things are moving along on Mary Free Bed's construction site. View recent images.