UCHealth investing $5M for new boilers at Memorial

Traffic patterns near Memorial Central will be altered during installation May 16 and May 19-21
May 16, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two new boilers will be installed in the Power Plant Building at Memorial Hospital Central May 16 and May 19-21, a $5 million project that is part of UCHealth commitment to invest more than $90 million over two years into Memorial Hospital.

Traffic patterns will be altered near Memorial Central, 1400 E. Boulder St., between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. May 16 and May 19-21. Patients who are scheduled for appointments should allow for a few extra minutes. The following conditions will be in place during those times on those dates only:

  • Two traffic lanes in the 1400 block of Boulder Street will be closed.
  • Children’s View from Boulder Street to the parking garage will be closed.
  • Access to the parking garage from Boulder Street will be via Bob Peters Grove, a road on the west side of Memorial Central.
  • Traffic exiting Memorial Central will be limited to right turns only onto Boulder Street.
  • Barriers, barrels and flaggers will be in place to direct traffic during the project.
  • The Emergency Department (ED) entrance will be accessible only by the pedestrian walkway from the garage and from inside the hospital. ED patients arriving via personal vehicle should use the Boulder Street valet parking entrance. Valet also will be available at the North entrance.
  • Ambulance traffic will not be altered.
  • The Memorial Star Transport helicopter will fly alternate routes to and from the helipad.

The 41-year-old boilers are in good working condition but parts are no longer available for them, necessitating their replacement. During the project, the roof will be lifted off the Power Plant Building using a 150-foot tall crane and the old 57,000-pound boilers will be replaced. Lead contractor on the project is GE Johnson Construction Company.

“We thank the community for their patience during this project and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Memorial Hospital-UCHealth CEO George Hayes. “This investment supports our promise to Colorado Springs and to Southern Colorado to grow Memorial Hospital as we continue to provide the very best in quality and patient care.”

More investments are on the horizon as Memorial continues to recruit physicians, expand programs and services, and benefit from being associated with one of the top academic hospitals in the country.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital, part of UCHealth, has been part of the Colorado Springs community since 1904. Memorial has two hospitals, Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North, and more than a dozen facilities throughout the Pikes Peak Region. University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About the author

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.