AVH Hard Hat Tour Shows Off Progress | AspenTimes.com

AVH Hard Hat Tour Shows Off Progress


Left to right: Steve Selby, AVH Director of Facilities Management; John Sarpa and Pam Alexander, AVHF board members; Deborah Breen, AVHF President; Terry Collins, AVH Interim CEO; Dr. Barry Mink, AVH Board Chairman; Ginette Sebenaler, AVH Interim CFO; and Chuck Frias, Dr. Archer Bishop, Coley Cassidy and Ernie Fyrwald, AVHF board members.
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Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then seeing is believing. I had the pleasure of taking several Foundation board members on a hard hat tour through Aspen Valley Hospital’s construction site a couple weeks ago. It was very exciting to see the architectural renderings of the building taking shape and becoming a reality. It sparked a lot of enthusiasm and a renewed sense of commitment amongst all who attended.

The building exterior is 80% completed and the team is installing the finished brick along the west side of the new facility. They are well underway with the installation of new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; and have started interior framing of walls in the three new operating rooms (ORs), diagnostic imaging area, and The Resnick Family Emergency Department. Haselden Construction, our construction managers and tour guides, also highlighted the green building technologies, as this was also a priority in the completed phases of the project.

Another exciting advancement is the new rooftop helicopter landing pad. Previously, all helicopters landed at ground level, which is less effective and a trickier landing path than the new rooftop design provides. Patients will now be transported via a dedicated elevator from the ED directly to the awaiting life flight.

“The rooftop helicopter landing pad will significantly increase both the safety and security of this sensitive area,” said John Schied, Director of Project Management & Safety Officer for Aspen Valley Hospital.

floor medical office spaces. This addition will greatly improve patient and staff circulation and efficiency. Other components include a new laboratory, oncology/ chemo/infusion suite, and additional medical office space.

Seeing all the clinical areas taking shape provided an incredible opportunity to really understand how every component fits together and gave the Foundation board members on the tour a real understanding of just how much has been accomplished. Everyone was astounded by the pace of the project — with over 80 workers on site on any given day, there is a lot happening, and happening quickly.

The project also calls for an enclosed walkway that will connect the Phase II (east side) with the new Phase III, second-floor medical office spaces. This addition will greatly improve patient and staff circulation and efficiency. Other components include a new laboratory, oncology/ chemo/infusion suite, and additional medical office space.

Special thanks to the Haselden Construction team members who ensured our safety throughout the tour. They have been wonderful to work with! I, along with everyone on the tour, was impressed with the pace of the project and eagerly await the grand opening later this year.


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