Construction Update BlogWeek of January 16
Move Meetings Have Begun!
Last week marked the first South Wing Moves meeting on a grand scale. Although many of us have been working on plans for the move into the building for quite some time, we have started holding a weekly moves meeting with a large group of about 70 people. This group includes the nurse managers and directors of the departments being moved into the South Wing as well as the ancillary groups, such as Pharmacy or Respiratory Care, and the support groups, including Environmental Services, Maintenance, and many others.
This weekly meeting will bring everyone together to help this move and transition be as smooth as possible. Maintaining our high standards of patient care and keeping everyone safe - patients, families, visitors and staff alike - are our most important goals.
We will keep you posted on further developments for moves and grand opening events!
In the building this week, the contractor is working on installing ceiling grid and ceiling tiles on the 3rd and 4
th floors. Once those are all in, it will make the building look more complete. The terrazzo flooring has been installed and covered up on the 1
st and 2
nd floors, in anticipation of polishing it once we get closer to the Grand Opening in the summer. Terrazzo is the same flooring that we have in the Main Hospital lobby near the big tree and Java City.
Equipment for the spaces is being ordered, and we are working on artwork for the building, too. I walked the building last week to work on the larger wayfinding signs (showing you how to get from A to Z) that will be placed near elevators and decision point hallways. This is a huge endeavor, as you can probably imagine, since there are so many clinics and inpatient units moving to the new building. We will also go back into the existing Main Hospital, West Wing, and Sturgis Buildings to change those signs, once we get closer to moving day.
Stay tuned for more updates! Have a great week out there, all.
Director of Facilities Planning
Arkansas Children's Hospital