Expansion Above Ortho Building Begins March 26

March 20, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When the two-story orthopedics wing of the Medical Office Building opened in 2011, it was adequate for immediate needs. But as the main campus expanded, leaders at The University of Kansas Health System recognized the demand for more ambulatory services and physician faculty offices.

To address the need, the health system in December announced a project to add three floors above the Medical Office Building's orthopedics offices.

Construction officially begins Monday, March 26, on the addition. Staff and visitors to the main campus will notice safety fencing and red construction barriers placed around parts of the Medical Office Building.

The first phase of the vertical build involves crews working on the roof and erecting a steel outer shell of the new structure. This phase should be completed at the end of 2018.

As with every construction mission of this size, staff and visitors may need to take alternate routes to their destinations. Please note: patient parking will not be affected by this construction project.

The following details will help make navigation as convenient as possible during the project:

  • The main entrance doors to the Orthopedics Building will be closed and the drive-through drop off be inaccessible to the public.

  • Orthopedic patients and visitors will be redirected to the Medical Office Building main entrance and circle-drive drop off entrance.

  • Visitors to the 2nd floor of the Orthopedics Building can reach that clinic via the skywalk from P2 (formerly the Olathe parking garage), the Orthopedics Building elevators or the 4-pack elevators in the Medical Office Building.

  • Directional signs will be posted before March 26 to help prepare staff and visitors with the changes. Vendors who use the Orthopedics Building drive-through drop off for deliveries and pickup will be redirected.

During the project, interior redirection and evacuation routes will be clearly posted near the construction site. All stairwells will remain open for evacuation, including the stairwell in the northwest corner of the Orthopedics Building.

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