FEB. 14, 2006 | Access to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) campus will be restricted this weekend in preparation for the implosion of the Student Dormitory at 9 a.m. this Sunday.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday, security personnel will be positioned around campus to direct people away from restricted areas.
Hospital patients are asked to limit visitors to two the day of the implosion. Visitors will be required to have a special pass to enter the hospital. The passes will be available at the nurses’ station.
Some buildings will be closed or have restricted access until after the implosion. They are Ward Tower, the hospital, the Shorey Building, the Education II building, the College of Public Health, the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI) building, the Child Study Center, the PET Building, the Outpatient Center, the Jones Eye Institute, the MRI building, the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and Barton Research Building.
Also closed will be connecting bridges to the VA Hospital, Jones Eye Institute, the Outpatient Center and the Biomedical Research Center.
Building entrances and campus access will be reopened after the implosion as they are cleared of any dust and authorized by UAMS police.
The updated schedule for campus closings and implosion preparations include:
• At 5:30 p.m., a public meeting will be held for residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus to discuss the implosion plans and precautions. The meeting will be in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.
• At 8:30 p.m., dorm and visitor parking lots west of Hooper Drive will be barricaded.
• At 6 p.m., Hooper Drive will be barricaded at the intersection with Campus Drive, restricting access to the south section of the street as it passes Ward Tower and the dorm.
• At 6 p.m., the Last Blast party will be held at Ricks Armory. There will be refreshments and live music. Tickets to the Last Blast party are $50 each ($25 for UAMS students with a student ID). For more information, call 526-5049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• At 7 p.m., the Ward Tower building entrance will be closed.
• At 10 p.m., the Shorey Building entrance to the hospital will be closed. Following this time, hospital entry and exit will be restricted to the A and B levels of the North Parking Deck.
• At 6 a.m., the westbound lane of Shuffield Drive will be closed. The entire street will be closed to traffic prior to the implosion.
• At 7 a.m., campus entrances within the restricted area will be barricaded to shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic until after the implosion.
• At 8 a.m., except for assigned personnel, no one will be allowed to leave or be outside buildings within the restricted area until authorized by UAMS police.
• At 9 a.m., the dorm will be imploded, taking about 10 to 15 seconds.
• By 10 a.m., parking deck entrances to the hospital will reopen.
The campus is expected to return to normal operations by 3 p.m.
KATV Channel 7 is planning to broadcast the implosion live. A public viewing area will be in a State Hospital parking lot on Palm Street. Limited parking is available at War Memorial Stadium.
The implosion is an exciting event in the history of UAMS, allowing for construction of a 500,000-square foot hospital expansion that will allow delivery of world-class patient care for many years to come.