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Eglin Air Force Base’s hospital is in the midst of a major renovation that will update and overhaul the 50-year-old facility to meet the needs of today’s Air Force requirements for safety, technology, and security.

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Rendering of Eglin Hospital after exterior renovations are complete. The renovations will correct moisture intrusion and improve the 50-year-old structure. (Courtesy Photo)

“The work on the outer shell is necessary to correct moisture intrusion issues,” said Robert West, Eglin Hospital facilities manager.

Waterproofing is currently underway. Once finished, the hospital will be sealed and outfitted with new hurricane and anti-terrorism/force protection windows.

“The correction of these issues will save the hospital $500,000 every four years or less for recurring and projected wall weatherproofing and $35,000 a year in storm shutter maintenance costs that will no longer be needed,” said West.

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The Eglin Hospital main entrance is wrapped in construction scaffolding due to an exterior overhaul. The renovations will update and improve the 50-year-old structure. (Ilka Cole/Special to The Pulse)

The scaffolding will remain for several months while the full installation of the new windows begin. In addition, the parking lot will be renovated to make handicap accessible modifications, provide patient drop-off zones with canopies and improve traffic circulation. During this six month period, there will be small changes to traffic patterns and parking areas.

“The new entrance will be wheelchair accessible with zero grade curbing and the new canopies will provide covered drop off points to protect patients from the weather,” said West.

The final phase of construction will be the aluminum panel installation system known as a ‘rain shield’. The ‘rain shield’ will protect the structure and create a uniform look to give the aging structure a new-like, modern appearance.

The renovations scheduled to be complete by April 2017.

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