Construction has begun on a new building called the George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Outpatient Services Building at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of the edifice is to ease the crowding in the current buildings and offer expansion for future outpatient services.
This marks the first large expansion for the hospital in 22 years. It will add approximately 200,000 square feet of hospital space and will allow for enlargement of many important departments and care services. Initially, however, the building will be purposed for outpatient care.
The site is west of the current main hospital building. The new building will be attached to the current one with a sky bridge which will extend over Mario Capecchi drive. That will provide patient protected access between the buildings.
There will be six floors altogether including the basement. There will be 41 different departments including a lab, cardiology, and many more. Plus there will be a café and the exterior will feature landscaping with sitting areas. There will also be areas of unfinished space to make allowance for future expansion. A four level parking garage will handle the increased traffic which the building will bring to the area.
Since the outpatient services are the busiest in the hospital, this expansion is greatly welcomed to all those associated with Primary Children’s. The building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014.