Aurora Sinai Medical Center Projects
For more than a decade, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) has worked with Advocate Aurora Health (AAH) on signature projects such as new medical campuses, major campus expansions, medical office buildings, and remote and main-campus ambulatory and acute care facilities throughout Illinois. Now we bring the same expertise to Aurora Sinai in Wisconsin.
Following an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach, Aurora Sinai Medical Center (ASMC) planned to relocate two medical practices in a separate building to a location within their main hospital building. EEA was retained by Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. on behalf of AAH to conduct a parking study at their campus. The purpose of the study was to evaluate existing and future parking conditions at the campus in conjunction with; 1) the clinic relocation, 2) existing parking issues, and 3) the growth of patient admissions.
The parking study encompassed the ASMC campus located 945 North 12th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with six buildings, eight surface parking lots, and two parking garages with over 1,500 parking spaces. An inventory of the available parking supply at the ASMC campus including the number of spaces available, location, and the permitted use of those spaces was completed.
Three parking surveys were conducted at the campus representing typical operating conditions and regularly scheduled training/hiring events at the campus. Hourly parking occupancy surveys were conducted during the day.
EEA made several recommendations to improve parking at the campus, which were presented to the AAH Vice President of Operations, parking security staff, and user groups. These recommendations included the following:
1. Improvements to several of the parking lots to increase the number of available spaces including simple re-striping plans to maximize efficient use of available space to geometric and access modifications that could be implemented in a phased approach.
2. Schedule staff meetings and hiring events on Thursdays or Fridays when the overall activity at the campus is lower.
3. Provide off-site parking for employees with a shuttle service to preserve existing parking capacity for patients and visitors.
4. Provide incentives to increase the use of public transportation by employees.
5. Locations for future parking structures.
Drainage Remediation – Medical Library
EEA also worked with Aurora Sinai to resolve a chronic flooding issue at the Medical Library. EEA observed, evaluated, and surveyed the existing field conditions to determine the causes of the flooding. EEA also interviewed facilities staff to gain a better understanding of the nature and timing of flooding events.
EEA presented drainage design concepts which included additional drainage features as well as the reworking of patio areas and passenger drop-offs. The Construction Manager is in the process of obtaining a permit from the City of Milwaukee.