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Dome - Bricks and Mortar, Part Two

Dome October 2012

Bricks and Mortar, Part Two

Date: October 5, 2012

Bricks and Mortar, Part Two

Construction to the Nelson/Harvey and Meyer buildings begins this fall and continues through 2016. Most patients have already been moved into temporary space in Meyer, Halsted and Osler, and the final unit is slated to move soon.

The renovation will complete the hospital’s conversion to all-private rooms, with 136 planned for Nelson and Harvey and another 66 in Meyer and Marburg. In addition, the project will incorporate the nurse call and other clinical systems in the Zayed Tower and Children’s Center and modernize the elevator system. Public spaces will also sport many of the design features found in the Zayed-Bloomberg building.

“The intent is to make the historic buildings as similar to the new towers as possible,” says Sally MacConnell, the health system’s vice president of facilities. 

To accommodate construction workers and equipment, the Wolfe Street circle entrance will close in the upcoming weeks and reopen in late 2014. During construction, staff members are encouraged to get dropped off and picked up from work at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center or on Broadway outside the Billings building.

The shuttle bus stop on Wolfe Street will move to the front of the MRI Building, just north of the new ambulance bay. The sidewalk between Monument and Orleans streets will remain open. However, no staff may use the ED entrance outside the ambulance bay.

Valet service at the Wolfe Street circle will be discontinued indefinitely, but will be available to patients at the hospital’s main entrance on Orleans Street and at JHOC and Weinberg. Pedestrians may still enter the hospital on the Wolfe Street entrance to Meyer. The Meyer entrance will feature sliding doors and a refurbished lobby, including a welcome desk staffed by two information receptionists and a security guard.

Temporary patient drop-off lanes will replace the shuttle bus stop on Wolfe Street, across from the school of public health. Hopkins Hospital is working with Baltimore City to add a second drop-off lane for outpatients who come to the psychiatric day program or receive rehabilitation services.

During construction, parking will not be permitted in front of the school of public health, allowing two lanes of traffic to continue to operate on Wolfe Street, despite the drop-off lane.

Construction plans also call for alternating elevator closures and the temporary relocation of visitor seating from the main lobby to the Meyer corridor. The Cobblestone Café and gift shop will remain open. The Tower Terrace Restaurant will close this fall for repairs to the greenhouse.

During the first year of the renovation, the corridor between Billings and Nelson/Harvey will close, as will the second-floor connector between Phipps and Nelson/Harvey. The Phipps main entrance and the basement entrance will remain open.

—Stephanie Shapiro