The Pitkin County Health and Human Services parking lot re-do was completed this week paving the way for the next phase of construction of the new Aspen Ambulance Facility. The parking lot has been closed since late July while crews reconfigured it to make room for the Ambulance Facility to be located adjacent to the Schultz Health and Human Services building.
“Our customers and staff took the inconvenience of the summer-long parking lot closure in stride, literally,” said Director of Pitkin County Human Services, Nan Sundeen. “We walked and rode our bikes a little further to reach Community Health Services, Response, Mind Springs and the other human service offices housed in our building and we’re pleased to have the convenience of the parking lot back for our customers,” Sundeen said.
Pitkin County Human Services staff, led by Director Nan Sundeen
(far left) celebrate the completion of the Health and Human Services
parking lot project.
RFTA and school bus stops that were temporarily relocated during the parking lot construction have been returned to their original locations on Doolittle Circle and adjacent to the Health and Human Services building this week.
Construction crews are currently working on the forms for the concrete walls on the south and west sides of the building site.
Noise mitigation has been a priority during the project. During public outreach prior to the beginning of construction, homeowners near the project, weary construction in the area in recent years, were especially concerned about noise from heavy equipment. Sound barriers have been used to surround the project and white noise inhibitors have been placed on large construction vehicles to lessen the sound of back up warning beacons.
“We understand how annoying the beep, beep, beep of our back up beacons can be,” said FCI Constructors Project Manager, Brady Blackmer. We’re required to have them for safety reasons but the white noise helps reduce the distance that the sound will carry into the surrounding neighborhoods,” Blackmer said.
Construction will continue throughout the winter months with completion anticipated in September 2019.
The new Ambulance Station is being funded from a 0.501 mill levy passed by Pitkin County voters in 2014. The design of the new facility was thoroughly vetted with neighbors and interested citizens to maximize function while minimizing impact.
Media Contact: Pitkin County Director of Operations, Rich Englehard - 970-429-6135