With the groundbreaking ceremony over, the University of Maryland Medical Center wants to keep visitors up-to-date on the progress of construction for Phase IV of its strategic facilities expansion plan.
To read construction updates published by Leonard Taylor, Vice President of Facilities for the Medical Center, simply click on the dates listed below or scroll down the page.
This week the contractors will continue to install mullions, the vertical metal "sticks" that will support the glass curtain walls. This part of the process of "closing-in" the structure and making it weather tight. Roofing, another important part of closing-in is also underway.
Under the drapery the contractor is installing fireproofing on the structural steel.
The heavy equipment on the ground is continuing to remove old foundations at the site edges so the full excavation can begin. By week's end the full exaction should be underway.
Utility work will start with the exposure of a major steam line that runs under the existing Penn Street sidewalk. The work will ultimately involve making some changes to this line.
The project includes major changes to Lombard Street. When completed, there will be two new entrances to UMMC along Lombard, one for the Emergency Departments and one to the Trauma Center. This work will proceed in stages. Right now, the work you see is temporary. It includes a temporary entrance under the new blue canopy for non-emergent medical transport. Right now, these patients come and go through the ED area. This access is restricted during construction and will be relocated to the Redwood Courtyard when complete.
This week work on the "bridges" that will provide a connection between the existing Shock Trauma Building involves the various mechanical and electrical services that either need to be adjusted because of the new construction, service the new floor space, or will use the new bridges as a means of getting from here to there.
Work continues to ready the structure is being readied for the glass curtain wall skin that will enclose the bridges.
On the ground, with the groundbreaking packed up and Big Top May Carnival now the stuff of UMMC myth, work begins in earnest to dig the foundations for the new tower. Preliminary work includes surveying to establish control points and bringing heaving equipment on to the site. Below grade there are vestiges of foundations from preceding structures. They are in the way and will be removed. Then s they will be removed. Then the noisy work will begin.
To safely excavate the new basement first steel sheet piles are driven into the ground. Sheet piles are used to form a temporary wall to hold back the surrounding ground which might otherwise collapse as the site is excavated to the level of the foundations.