While we watch the swift construction of the future Golisano Children’s Hospital right outside our windows, we are excited to think about our changing surroundings as well!
The multi-phase I-390 corridor project, expected to finish by fall 2015, has already seen great changes! A traffic circle, where Kendrick and East River roads meet, is complete and there is now a northbound onramp to 390. This will certainly make getting to and from campus much easier. There have also been major construction changes and improvements on Mt. Hope and Westfall Road, making both areas more efficient roadways. Mt. Hope has a whole new center median and wider roads, while Westfall construction was just completed with two-lane traffic and an overhaul including regrading, widening, and more.
These changes are great improvements before the opening of College Town, at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Elmwood Avenues, in fall 2014. A great anticipated addition to the University of Rochester campus and surrounding community, the urban village mixed-use development will feature shopping, dining, lodging, and more!
Perhaps most exciting of all of the changes to our community’s future is the building progress of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital! The eight-floor, approximately 245,000 square foot state-of-the-art building, to be located on Crittenden Boulevard and attached to the Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital, is expected to open in 2015. A space dedicated to children and their families, the hospital will be a place of healing.
Most of the steel beams are in place, as the foundation for our region’s pediatric patients continues to rise. While it may look like any other piece of steel, the beam below will be much brighter after some very special kids get their hands on it at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, in front of the Wilmot Cancer Center!
Stay tuned to see what will become of the beam next week! We promise a lot of great pictures with wonderful kids! The different construction projects, big or small, mark an inspiring time for our community and region and we are excited to see what the future holds!