Construction work has begun on a new pedestrian bridge that will link the Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus with parking structure P4. When completed, the bridge will provide traffic-free pedestrian access for patients, physicians and employees between the Faculty Medical Clinic building and the main hospital campus.
Pedestrians will access the bridge in the P4 structure on the second level. The pathway will be approximately 210 feet long and have a 12-foot-wide interior walking surface. Along with a metal room and safety side panels, the walkway will include handrails meeting ADA guidelines to assist limited mobility pedestrians.
The medical campus side will feature a new elevator tower near the southeast corner of the existing Children’s Hospital. Designed to visually complement the existing elevator tower on P4, there will be three access points available — lower level/west opening toward the existing Children’s Hospital; lower level/east connecting to the new hospital building, and connecting point to the pedestrian bridge.
Site preparation for the new elevator tower began in May. By mid-June, work will begin to place support pilings for the tower and bridge. Completion date is tentatively planned for winter/spring 2022.
The bridge itself will be similar to the pedestrian bridge on Campus Street connecting the employee parking garage to the hospital campus. This new bridge, however, will not have the lengthy incline. The bridge is designed to be nearly level between P4 and the new elevator tower.
The Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus incorporates leading advances in patient safety and comfort. Designed to continue Loma Linda University Health’s 115-year legacy of outstanding care, the future hospitals will anchor the healthcare needs of a vast region of Southern California and serve as an educational and research hub to shape healthcare in the United States and around the world.
This vignette is adapted from a blog by Dennis E. Park. who has been visually documenting the hospital construction work since the project’s beginning. You can see thousands of construction photos on his website, www.docuvision2020.com.