Like placing a star atop a Christmas tree, UCHealth celebrated its topping of a major expansion at Poudre Valley Hospital.
UCHealth officials, employees, construction workers, the media and community members watched Dec. 18 as the last beam — with an attached Christmas tree and American flag — was placed on top of the steel structure that will be the newest addition to Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) at the corner of Lemay Avenue and Doctors Lane in Fort Collins.
The shell of the new structure stands in the place of the original 1925 hospital. Soon, it will house a new emergency department, clinical decision unit, orthopedic unit, and laboratory space. The exterior of the building is expected to be complete in May 2016.
The $102-million expansion is targeted to be complete at the end of this year, with the first patient being accepted in early 2017.
The project creates space for the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, additional parking north of the new building and a helicopter landing pad on its rooftop.
Two PVH campus buildings north of the A building — the former Aspen Club and Express Lab buildings — have already been demolished and a third will come down this spring to make room for the new parking lot.
Doctors Lane is currently closed because of the project but is expected to reopen on or before Feb. 29.