VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Construction crews at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes raised a ‘utility’ bridge on Thursday that will provide much of the BEACON Project’s new patient wing essentials like steam and cooled water. The Hospital gave News 10 a view of the event from 105 feet in the air.
“We’re installing the bridge between the energy center and the current hospital facility, so we can start piping our chilled water, steam, supply, all the needs for the patient pavilion,” said Don Page, director of Engineering, Good Samaritan Hospital.
The massive 198,000 pound, 200 foot long bridge was hoisted nearly one story off of the ground. Hospital officials said this move was one that will help upgrade some of the hospitals antiquated amenities.
“This hospital is aged, you know, for the last 40 years we’ve been functioning on the existing boiler system, and it’s just time, you know, to be more energy efficient, more environmentally friendly, and really just kind of help the community keep this alive,” said Page.
But just lifting the massive bridge is only the first part of the process; it will ultimately need to be connected and tested.
“It will be a good three months to get everything tied in an functioning properly,” said Page. “What’s left is a lot interior renovation work, when we get the face of the pavilion done in June of 2015 with construction aspect of it.”