East side construction lift removed

The exterior lift system used to take construction workers and materials to the various floors of the building site has been removed.

Work began in early March to remove the exterior lift attached to the east side of the future hospital’s adult tower.

The two lift cars and track have been used since April 2018, carrying workers and materials to the floor of their daily work assignments. Trips up the side of the building’s side were quick in the early days of the lift’s operation. But as the size of the workforce increased and the track reached the top of the adult tower’s 16th floor, trips have become longer. The removal of a similar lift system on the Children’s Hospital tower’s south side increased demand on the east side lift.

With the removal of this last exterior lift, workers will use the facility’s indoor elevators, which are coming online. Workers will also start spraying fireproof coating material on the exposed steel structure, followed by closing in the gap in the adult tower’s east side.

The ongoing hospital construction is a part of Loma Linda University Health’s Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow. New buildings for adult patients and an addition to the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital will exceed California’s upcoming seismic requirements for hospitals.

You can follow the rise of the towers on a daily basis by checking the construction web cams.

We're sharing photographic updates of the hospital construction work on a periodic basis. Watch for special emphasis on some of the behind-the-scenes-views and untold stories at the Vision 2020 website.

This vignette is adapted from a blog by Dennis E. Park, which appears on the website www.docuvision2020.com.