Delicate Procedure

by Frank S. Malits, P.E., Vice Pres.; Delon Hampton & Assoc., Silver Spring, MD,
C. Gary Kellogg, P.E., Vice Pres.; Delon Hampton & Assoc., Silver Spring, MD,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 4, Pg. A2-A7

Document Type: Feature article


In 1997 the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), located in downtown Baltimore, began addressing a need for expanded health care facilities within the city. But the existing facilities already narrowed the ambulance entryway such that ambulance queuing and three-point turns for exits became a daily reality. The solution was a plan to remove several existing buildings, construct a $90-million, 350,000 sq ft replacement facility, and funnel ambulance traffic to a new vehicular entryway constructed through the existing Shock Trauma Building. The designers also had to minimize the noise, dust, and vibrations that occurred during construction, since operation of the medical facilities�including one of Maryland's only two heliports for medical emergencies�had to continue uninterrupted.

Subject Headings: Health care facilities | Existing buildings | Emergency management | Buildings | Vibration | Vehicles | Urban areas

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