Carolyn Sackariason
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

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January 12, 2009
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Aspen hospital expansion goes to council

ASPEN " After more than a month's hiatus, the Aspen City Council will convene Monday to review a proposal that seeks to nearly quadruple the size of Aspen Valley Hospital.

Hospital officials want to redevelop the existing 75,700-square-foot facility into a two-story building that adds another 214,395 square feet.

The expansion includes a parking garage, a rooftop heli-pad and numerous improvements to medical departments.

If approved by council, hospital officials plan on finishing the project by 2016, according to a land-use application filed by hospital CEO Dave Ressler and project planner Leslie Lamont.

"The current hospital facility is approximately 30 years old," according to the application. "Since the hospital's development in the 1970s, changes have occurred in the health care industry necessitating modification in the current delivery of services, as well as consideration for the long-term delivery of services."

The hospital seeks conceptual approval of the expansion from the council, which in the coming weeks will scrutinize the need and the size of the redevelopment.

After many details of the project are hashed out, hospital officials must go through a second tier of review, which will be followed by a final decision by the council.

The plan is to expand the facility in four phases so that hospital operations can continue over five to seven years of construction.

The first phase is under way and includes renovating and expanding the obstetrics ward.

The second phase includes the majority of the improvements " the parking garage, and a two-story addition that would wrap around the north and east sides of the building.

As part of phase three, the two-story addition would be built on the west side of the hospital. The first floor would include the expansion of the emergency and imaging departments, a surgical suite and central plant upgrades.

On the second floor, medical office space is proposed, as well as patient and family services, and the roof heli-pad.

The final phase includes a new entrance with a revised patient drop-off area. A chapel would be built in the new facility, and the cardiology clinic and lab would be relocated and enlarged, as well as the occupational health and outpatient clinic.

The planned expansion would be on the hospital's largest piece of land, a 19.1-acre parcel that has a total area of 832,085 square feet. The size of the new hospital would be 290,095 square feet.

csack@aspentimes.com


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