Schuman Pavilion Elevator tower

View of the east elevation of the Schuman elevator tower. The new structure will allow patient access to services such as the Cancer Center and International Heart Institute.

The two-story steel building frame for a new Schuman Pavilion elevator tower was topped out the morning of September 5, just two days after workers began setting the initial beams in place.

The new tower rises out of an elevator pit excavated just east of the existing Schuman Pavilion. The elevators will serve patients and families by allowing for a new access route from the new adult hospital tower to services in Schuman, including the Loma Linda University Cancer Center and the International Heart Institute.

A 114-foot bridge will allow patients to cross from the new hospital’s second floor to the new elevator tower. The bridge’s massive steel base section was brought to the building site assembled. Steelworkers then installed the framework that will ultimately enclose the bridge from the elements. A large crane set the bridge in place on to already constructed support pedestals adjacent to the hospital and the pavilion during the weekend of September 21-22.

The project is a part of Loma Linda University Health’s Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, the organization’s largest philanthropic endeavor in its 110-year history. When completed, the new hospital facilities will be a place of inspiration and education of more than 4,400 students and 700 residents. Many of those students will become long-term members of the Loma Linda University Health team, while others will take what they have learned here to communities across the globe.

Beginning with the early days of planning, Loma Linda University Health’s Campus Transformation effort has enjoyed strong support from the community and governmental agencies. Vision 2020 continues to allow alumni, community members and groups a way to provide significant funding, with nearly 90% of the goal for the hospital construction raised. Additional financial support for the building effort has come from the state of California.

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.