Scaffolding marks start of ARRMC ED expansion
More staff parking designated on campus
Expanding the Emergency Department at Asante Rogue Regional requires some major scaffolding that will reach to the ground floor — right in front of the entrance to the Rambling Rogue Café.
Crews will erect the scaffolding this week, which will allow them to work in the atrium to build a protective wall behind the curved glass on the first floor near the lobby. That curved glass will eventually become the east wall of the Emergency Department.
The ED expansion will provide more room for triage and patient care. In this first phase, triage has been temporarily moved to the west side of the lobby, where the children’s play area used to be.
Because parking at the ED entrance is limited, plans are to add a valet employee there to direct patients and visitors on where to park. Ten spaces have been designated for ED parking in the surface lot on the south side of the Smullin Center.
Putting up the scaffolding will take five days and be done in the wee hours of the morning until the cafeteria gets busy, then start up again at night. The scaffolding is expected to be in place for eight to nine weeks. The scaffolding on the ground floor will be encased in plastic with café entrance and exit clearly marked. It will sit about 8 feet from the doors to the cafeteria.
Elevators, labs, imaging and gift shop will remain accessible, though the lobby entrance to the Emergency Department will be closed for several months during the remodeling.
Facilities has opened Floor 2 for staff parking in the P2 garage. Staff may now park in the top three floors. Floor 1 is designated for patients, visitors and valet.