The following illustrations show very clearly that there are at least two locations around the existing hospital where new clinical facilities could be constructed. It has been recommended to the hospital board that new clinical facilities must be double the size of those in the current hospital structure, namely a total of 200,000 square feet. While we believe there are good arguments that suggest 200,000 is too large, these illustrations assume that 200,00 square feet is needed for new clinical facilities – with some of the existing structure used for office space. Obviously, if a better study showed only 150,000 square feet was needed for new clinical facilities, then the proposed building would not need to be as large as those shown here.
The second illustration identifies two possible sites for new structures: the 4.1 acre site to the east of the existing hospital, land fully owned by the hospital; and a 1.9 acre site at the corner of Hume and Moberly Street. Only half of the smaller site is owned by the hospital: the southerly portion of it is privately owned, currently mostly used for parking, and has been for sale for some months.
The fifth illustration shows what a clinical structure of 200,000 square feet would look like. It is a building set right on Hume Street, and is three and four stories with an atrium running north from Hume Street and an entrance way on the east side of the building. It would require the purchase of the privately owned half of the site, but it assumes that this would be built while the existing hospital continues operations until new construction is completed.
The sixth illustration shows what a clinical structure of 200,000 square feet would look like. It is a three storey building with a north/south atrium, and courtyards on the east side providing hospital rooms with a view into green space. The pathway around the edge is preserved. It assumes the existing hospital continues operations until new construction is completed.
The last illustration shows the roads needed to serve both sites. It is very clear that there is no impediment to building on either site what is needed in very close proximity to the existing hospital, without interfering with it during construction.