From: Bontrager, Erin
Date: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM
Subject: Spirit of Women Park Construction Update
Dear NECKO neighbors,
While the construction fences have gone up and earth is being moved, we wanted to provide you with an update on the reconstruction of the Chlois G. Ingram Spirit of Women Park, which will now be located adjacent to your neighborhood on the Medical Center Plaza.
We are thrilled that the new Park will occupy a more prominent and visible site, welcoming visitors to the Medical Center campus and our neighbors in the surrounding community.
The former Spirit of Women Park was deconstructed in the fall of 2009 to accommodate the work on the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Tower. In January, we shared concepts and renderings for the new Park with you, a special place dedicated to extraordinary women who impact the lives of others.
The Park's new design includes attractive and expansive space for relaxation, reflection and play. Design features include glass tiles that will be etched with the artwork from the tiles of the former Park. These glass tiles will be integrated into the Park's beautiful, soothing water feature. The calming setting will be conducive to healing and rejuvenation. The park will also provide wireless Internet access.
A majority of the park's construction will be complete by fall 2011, while the installation of the glass will take place in spring 2012 prior to the official opening.
We encourage you to visit the Spirit of Women Park when it is completed. In the meantime, you can view a rendering of the new Park and photos of the tiles from the former Park on the Medical Center's Facebook page. Enclosed are two renderings of the park.
Thank you for your patience and friendship; your continued support and your involvement in our expansion plans are critical to our success. We want to be a good neighbor to you, and we welcome your thoughts and ideas. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Steven G. Gabbe, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Chief Executive Officer, OSU Medical Center
Dave Schuller, MD
Vice President, Medical Center Expansion and Outreach
Medical Director, Expansion Campaign