Aspen council to meet on hospital projects
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
ASPEN – Plans for the third and fourth phases of Aspen Valley Hospital’s expansion project will start winding through the Aspen City Council’s review and approval process Monday.
Detailed plans for the upcoming phases were submitted to the city’s Community Development Department in August. At Monday’s regular council meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the basement of Aspen City Hall, a proposed ordinance to provide land-use approvals for the two phases will be introduced officially.
A series of meetings and public hearings, including a March 5 site visit, is scheduled. A final council vote might not occur until April or later.
The third phase primarily involves a two-story addition, with basement space, on the west side of the existing hospital building. The greatest amount of expansion, 33,000 square feet, would occur on the ground floor of the new addition, according to a recent memorandum to the council from Jennifer Phelan, deputy planning director.
Once completed, the first-floor “programming” would include a loading dock, an operating suite, an endocrinology suite, staff and physician support space, an imaging suite, a breast center, the emergency department, the lobby and the main entry area.
The third phase also calls for a second story (at an additional 18,000 square feet) for medical office space, a basement, completion of the loop service road, a three-bay ambulance garage and parking areas, the memo indicates. The basement “programming,” with its additional 19,000 square feet, would include mechanical equipment, laundry services, information systems and a morgue.
Phase IV proposes a 6,500-square-foot addition to the hospital’s existing ground floor with an 1,800-square-foot basement as well as renovations of the existing building.
The city Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the plans in October, November and December and voted in January to recommend City Council approval.
Phase l already has been completed with the building of a new obstetrics unit. Of the project’s four phases, the second is the largest by far.
Construction of Phase II began in spring 2011, and completion is anticipated later this year. It involves a 62,000-square-foot addition that includes a new main entrance, a floor of patient rooms, medical office space and a new cafeteria. Phase II also involves construction of 18 housing units, many of which will go to seasonal employees, and an 80,000-square-foot, three-level parking garage.
When the expansion is finished, the hospital will count 36 private patient rooms, 11 more than the 25 rooms the hospital had before the project began.
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