Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Linda Van Hoosen, Communications
“Discussions about Olsson’s involvement in this project began in 2013 since we had already done earlier work on the campus,” said Jesse Peckham, project manager for Olsson. “We already had a good relationship with KU and good knowledge of the area. We were already familiar with the jurisdictional mix of projects and requirements for both the public work and hospital state work.”
Olsson completed all the civil scope including civil design for private and public improvements, traffic signal designs, site structural wall designs, roadway inspections, and survey services. The firm also dove-tailed this work into additional services directly for The University of Kansas Hospital and the KU Medical Center including campus pedestrian studies and an elevated parking deck replacement (design-build).
The entire project is 80 percent complete and is expected to open by the end of 2017. When finished, the new tower will house 124 beds and 11 operating rooms and is the first of four phases for the north tower expansion. It will be home to highly specialized surgical services for oncology; neurosciences; and ear, nose, and throat healthcare.