Construction and Parking
Parking Garage Construction
Construction of the parking garage expansion is progressing nicely. As the weather begins to warm we will be noticing an increase in activity in the area of the old, ground-level helicopter landing pad.
|The hole on the right side of the photo will hold one of more than 40
caissons supporting the parking garage expansion.
Test holes have been bored for the placement of the caissons upon which the addition will rest. Caissons are the enormous pillars – columns of concrete that are three feet in diameter and ten feet deep – that rest upon the bedrock that ultimately supports the hospital and every other large structure in Frederick County. The test holes are drilled before the actual holes for the caissons to make sure that solid bedrock exists at a depth that will support the final structure.
Drilling the holes for the caissons is a labor intensive process, and given that more than 40 holes have to be drilled, the process is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete. After each hole is drilled it will be filled with concrete.
Besides a significant increase of construction traffic on the Seventh Street side of our campus, there will not be any additional disturbance to the neighborhood. A construction lane has been established on Emma Smith Drive to handle the volume of trucks, so no campus traffic congestion is anticipated.
The new traffic light at the intersection of Seventh Street and Emma
Smith Drive is nearly ready to be placed into service.
The technical engineers are making some final adjustments to the automatic sensing devices and the traffic control engineers are synchronizing the new light with the existing light at Toll House Avenue so there are no traffic backups or delays. If all goes according to plan, the new light will be operational in May.
Hospital Campus Parking Changes
As of January 21, 2013 the following changes will be implemented with regard to parking on our main campus:
- The parking garage will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC for the duration of the construction project. While work is underway, the garage will meet the definition of a construction zone. For the safety of our patients and visitors, regulations prohibit the public from entering or passing through a construction zone.
- The public entrance to the hospital will be the Toll House Avenue entrance. Emma Smith Drive will open for employees to access to the parking garage. This access drive is not open to the public.
- There is limited surface lot parking space available for public use, but patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to use our FREE valet service:
- Valet attendants will park vehicles in the parking garage
- There are two Valet stations: one for patients and another on the east side of the hospital for visitors.
- The Ready Ride call-ahead program (described below) will have your vehicle waiting at the door when you are ready to leave.
Introducing Ready Ride
Ready Ride is a call-ahead program that will have your vehicle waiting for you at the entrance to the hospital when you are ready to leave the facility. Simply dial RIDE (7433) from any hospital phone (or 240-566-7433 from your cell phone) and valet attendants will retrieve your vehicle from the parking garage and have it waiting for you at the entrance to the hospital.
Demand for inpatient care at Frederick Memorial Hospital has grown dramatically as our reputation for superb quality patient care has spread throughout the region. To keep up with demand, the hospital has added new, private patient rooms.
The area of the second floor where the administrative offices were located has been converted into a 12-bed, inpatient care unit featuring all private rooms. The administrative offices have moved to the lower level of the hospital. The A wing of the 4th floor has been renovated to create a new, all private room, inpatient care unit. Renovations were complete as of November 15, 2012.
View the Inpatient Floor Plans
Exterior construction has successfully moved the helicopter landing site formerly located on the west side of the hospital grounds to the roof of the hospital. Elevator shafts now connect the landing pad directly to the FMH Emergency Department. The move made room for expansion of the parking garage. Construction related to the garage project is underway as of August 2012.
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Thank you in advance for your patience as we grow to meet the needs of our community!
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