February 12, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Another construction milestone for The University of Kansas Health System has been met with the opening of the Phil Kirk Bridge this morning at 7 a.m.
The 270-foot-long span connects the new P5 garage with Level 2 of Cambridge Tower A on the north end of our main campus.
Beginning today, patients and employees who park in P5 can walk from the garage through the new Phil Kirk Bridge into Cambridge Tower A, then through the Burns & McDonnell Bridge, to the Center for Advanced Heart Care to the main hospital, into the Medical Office Building and finally to the P1 garage south of Olathe Boulevard – all without needing an umbrella or gloves.
Wayfinding signs inside and outside will direct visitors, patients and staff to use the new link instead of walking across 39th Street. The temperature-controlled bridge is safer for pedestrians and minimizes traffic slowdowns as cars wait for people to cross 39th Street. Hundreds of people are expected to use the bridge daily.
Many of the materials used to build the bridge are identical to those used on Cambridge Tower A. The 4,500-square-foot bridge was completed in less than 1 year by Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction.
The bridge was named in honor of Phil Kirk, civic leader and downtown master development strategist in Kansas City. He was named the 2013 Kansas Citian of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Kirk served as honorary co-chair of the campaign to build Cambridge Tower A before his death in 2014.
Using the bridge after hours
For security purposes, starting tonight, anyone using the Phil Kirk Bridge to enter Cambridge Tower A at night – 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. – will take stairs or an elevator down to Level 1 to be screened by the University of Kansas Police Department.
For those continuing on to the Center for Advanced Heart Care or the main hospital during these overnight hours, after screening will use the stairs or elevators at the south end of the tower back up to Level 2.