Got a tour of our new hospital yesterday. Remembered my camera this time, but unfortunately they hustled us through the ED pretty quickly, so I only got a couple of shots (and I forgot my wide-angle lens, too, which is worse if you're trying to take architecture pictures). But it was cool, especially going up on the roof to see the new helipad, the ICU in its very rough stages, and the simply awe-inspiring wide-open elevator shafts. This building is made solid -- amazingly so -- cross-bracing engineered to withstand an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and glass paneling which can flex 2.5 inches to withstand sustained 70-knot winds (or more). And did I mention the ER is going to be 80 beds?
If you want to see what a new 350-bed hospital looks like in the final stages of rough construction looks like, feast your eyes on these pictures. Envy me. But, like Christmas, the waiting is the hardest part. We are three months ahead of schedule and under budget, but we still don't open until June 2011. (sigh)