Up We Go: Creating a new pathway to TMC Emergency

A new entry boulevard is partially complete, and is already carrying traffic into the Tucson Medical Center campus at the intersection of Grant Road and Beverly Avenue. Two-way traffic has been restored as vehicles use newly installed pavement at Grant and Beverly.

Now, work begins on rebuilding the remaining old roadway and parking spaces.  The area directly in front of the main TMC Emergency entrance is temporarily torn up, so all foot traffic for the west end of the hospital is using the side entrance just past the main Emergency door.

Emergency Department access will always be maintained via the side door just north of the temporarily closed main Emergency doors.

New parking spaces for patients and visitors are now available in the improved parking lot in front of Emergency, and access has been improved to the new 600-space parking garage just to the west.  Right in front of the temporary Emergency entrance, visitors can pull into a patient drop-off area, or use the FREE valet service, available seven days a week.

These final phases of road work will create a direct path for patients and visitors who will use the new TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, opening next spring with patient rooms, orthopaedic clinics, and advanced high-tech operating rooms.

Up We Go: Restoring the Erickson Building’s Stateliness

A few steps away from the construction zone for the new TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower is a charming two-story stucco and brick house.  Temporarily hidden behind a shroud of plastic sheets and scaffolding, the Erickson Building is filled with carved woodwork, balconies and history.

The Erickson Building, designed by architect Henry Jaastad, was built in the 1920s as a residence for a wealthy New York couple, Anna Edith Erickson and Alfred William Erickson. On this site, the Ericksons helped create the Desert Sanatorium, a tuberculosis treatment facility that eventually was donated to the community in the 1940s to become Tucson Medical Center.

Now, decades later, TMC has embarked upon extensive renovation projects for the Erickson Building and several other historic properties on the campus.  Significant tasks are now under way at the Erickson site, focused on stabilization and repair of the exterior of the building.  This phase of work, scheduled to finish by the end of the year, includes:

  • removal and replacement of stucco
  • removal of non-essential or period-incorrect appurtenances
  • structural repairs to walls and roof
  • revamp of existing grading to prevent water damage

One affirmative observer is Donald Shropshire, TMC president emeritus who lived in the Erickson home during part of his quarter-century tenure as TMC administrator.

“This building represents a major philanthropic act by Mrs. Erickson,” Shropshire said. “Because of her generosity, it stands as a very important building within the TMC campus.   I couldn’t live in it without feeling the presence of Mrs. Erickson.

“It’s more than a home.  It is a symbol of true community spirit and a substantial gift that has truly paid dividends for Tucson.” 

Up We Go: Construction Milestones Keep Climbing

Many tons of mechanical equipment will be needed to support clinical activities in the TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, opening next spring.  Massive air handlers and electrical infrastructure will sustain the state-of-the-art facility.

And now, the major heavy machinery is all in place, above the top floor of the four-story structure. A huge crane recently hoisted the final payloads, including a 13,000-pound chiller that will enhance the critically important cooling system for the tower.

Also on the way up is the stonework on the building’s exterior. Natural stone will be a notable part of the new building’s appearance, and masonry craftsmen are creating the stone features of the edifice.

To make sure that everything would go smoothly, sample stonework was first installed on a small mock-up structure next to the main building.  The trial area allowed workers to test the stonework, windows and other surfaces to confirm their weather-proofing and esthetic characteristics.

All the elements will come together in the spring when the building opens with clinic space for Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, private rooms for TMC orthopaedic patients, and 24 high-tech operating rooms for TMC’s surgical procedures.

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