Friday, June 10, 2011

MGH front entrance and White Lobby enhancements

AMBULANCES UNDER COVER: Emergency ambulances now park in the covered ambulance bay in the Lunder Building.

This summer, the MGH front entrance will begin to change in both form and function, as emergency ambulances have transitioned from parking outside on the White Ramp to parking in the Lunder Building covered ambulance bay, and enhancements are scheduled to begin to the sidewalks and the White Lobby. In order to maintain a safe environment and minimize disruptions to pedestrian- and traffic-flow, clear signage will be posted indicating designated walking routes in these front entrance and lobby areas.

Soon pedestrians will be able to reach the White Lobby using a new sidewalk along the Lunder Building. In the White Lobby, a lowered and updated information desk will provide improved accessibility for individuals in wheelchairs and closer interaction between staff and visitors.

In July, renovations will begin to the sidewalk along the Wang Ambulatory Care Center (WACC) that leads to the White Lobby. The walkway will be closed to allow workers to begin updates that will include leveling the sidewalk to improve wheelchair access and safety in icy weather. During construction, pedestrians will be asked to use the pathway near the Lunder Building and the Fruit Street sidewalk to reach the hospital entrance.

Also for the benefit of individuals with accessibility needs, the incline of the White Ramp will be lowered.  This area eventually will become a new patient drop-off area. Patient pick-up procedures will continue as usual at the WACC.

"This project outside and inside the front entrance will occur in phases to accommodate pedestrian traffic and hospital operations," says Ed Raeke, co-chair of Lunder Building operations and director of Materials Management. "We estimate that the overall project will be complete by the end of the summer, when MGHers, patients and visitors will be able to use two different hospital front entrances -- one at the Lunder Building side and another at the WACC side."

For more information about these projects, contact Joe Crowley, of MGH Police, Security and Outside Services, at 617-724-3786. 

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