Architect’s view of Ellis Hospital parking garage
As the principal in charge of the design of the new emergency department expansion and parking structure at Ellis Hospital, I write to clarify the circumstances and concerns surrounding the proposed parking structure on Rosa Road.
In 2006, New York State’s Berger Commission mandated a consolidation of the Schenectady-area hospitals to assure their long-term viability, and strengthen this most crucial resource of the Schenectady community. That mandate has led to the consolidation of nearly all acute-care hospital operations at the Ellis Hospital, at the intersection of Nott Street and Rosa Road. Accordingly, many more people from Schenectady and the surrounding area come to this site for hospital services.
With the coming of the Affordable Care Act and the increase of insurance for the uninsured, this trend will only expand.
Ellis Hospital has proudly served this community with very high quality medical services on a constrained urban site with very limited expansion potential. The city has already approved the new emergency department wing, with a new main hospital entrance and future expansion space for programs that we all know are coming, though we do not yet know exactly what they will be. Hospitals are continually evolving to meet the growth of the industry and keep pace with changing technology, reimbursements, medical practice and, of course, an aging population that requires more health care.
The original project design included a five-level parking facility. Concern for the budget led the hospital leadership to be appropriately conservative, seeking and obtaining approval for a three-level structure, deferring the vertical expansion to accommodate the remainder of the structure at some future date when it will be far more expensive and difficult to construct.
As the construction has progressed, the construction manager, Turner Construction, has developed significant savings for the hospital. The approved parking structure is scheduled to start construction soon and now dollars are available that will enable the complete five-level structure to be built, saving considerable expense and difficulty from a future disruptive construction process.
The hospital is before the city seeking approval to make this improvement for the entire Schenectady-area community, now, when it is much more financially manageable and much less disruptive. This has been met with a surprising degree of resistance from a relatively small group of influential neighbors seeking to stop the project. The hospital and the architect have worked diligently to enhance the appearance of the structure on Rosa Road and mitigate concerns of lighting and noise to the greatest degree possible — and we will continue to do so.
The added hospital demand is coming to Rosa Road, with or without this additional structured parking.
The wisest thing I can respectfully offer is to allow as much parking as the hospital can build and manage, on the Ellis campus at the new Rosa Road entrance. The alternative increases confusion, congestion, hazards and frustration on the surrounding streets of the neighborhood.
Ted W. Mallin
Where’s the view on Western Gateway Bridge?
I travel the Western Gateway Bridge every day. The solid wall attached to the sidewalk is a disappointment, You can’t see the river at all. I always enjoyed the view. The wall looks like a barrier at a U.S. embassy in the Middle East.
I have traveled this bridge for at least 50 years and don’t recall anybody going through the side barrier into into the river.
Thomas J. Walsh
Where’s the outrage for white shooting victim?
On Aug. 19 two African-American boys shot 22-year-old Chris Lane in the back and killed him. Their reason for doing this was to have a little fun because they were bored.
This young man was here from Australia on a baseball scholarship attending East Central University in Oklahoma. He was just minding his own business, just like Trayvon Martin was supposedly minding his own business the night he was killed by a white man.
Where is the outrage from the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons? Where’s the outrage? The coverage is minimal and the liberals are in hiding and mum on the issue. Shame on you all. The Australians have every right to be enraged at the two-faced coverage of liberal America.
If Trayvon could have been your son, then where do you stand on this killing, Mr. President?
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