WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center today unveiled its plans for the employee parking garage and skywalk that will cross above 17th Street.
The garage and skywalk are part of the strategic plan that will shift employee parking off campus to allow for ample visitor parking and to prepare for upcoming construction of a new orthopedic hospital on the main campus. The new garage and skywalk will better serve patients and visitors and provide a safe route for NHRMC employees to cross the busy thoroughfare.
The parking garage, which will be constructed next to Walgreen’s on 17th Street, will hold 720 employee vehicles on five stories. Nearly 22 feet above the street, employees will cross over 17th Street to the NHRMC campus, where they will descend and walk up to the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital entrance.
The covered skywalk will be able to withstand hurricane-force winds and will be accessible only to NHRMC employees. Designs for the structure will coordinate with the hospital’s exterior and will include a bit of a nautical feel that is prevalent throughout Wilmington.
Construction is expected to begin in May on the new orthopedic hospital. As the construction cranes are moved into position, some NHRMC employee parking will be moved to off-campus lots to ensure that patients and visitors will have ample parking.
By late 2017, the new employee parking garage and skywalk will be complete. The completion date for the new orthopedic hospital is 2019.