Construction on Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s new parking structure and life-saving helipad is well underway and progressing nicely despite the rainy weather during the last few weeks. The new structure, which is scheduled for completion in 2011, will house parking for 750 cars, and includes a rooftop helipad.
The parking structure will significantly improve parking conditions for hospital patients, visitors, and staff. The return of the helipad will allow Henry Mayo to retain its designation as the only trauma center in the Santa Clarita Valley and will provide immediate and life-saving air transport to patients suffering traumatic injuries or illness—thereby giving the best possible chance for survival and recovery.
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The parking structure is constructed with post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete decks and shear walls. The structure will also include three elevators, one of which is specifically designed to serve as a trauma elevator. The temporary rooftop helipad will service the existing trauma center until the permanent helipad is constructed as part of the new patient tower. The project also includes landscaping in the front of the structure, painted concrete exteriors with green screen and several other architectural features.
Henry Mayo is working hard to balance the community’s need for expanded medical services with the quality of life our Valley enjoys. The new parking structure will be beautifully landscaped and include more than 600 shrubs and plants, and 50 Crape Myrtle, Sycamore and Pine trees. Pathways for pedestrians, landscaping, appropriate use of color and an architectural design that is consistent with the local community aesthetic has been integrated throughout the structure planning.