FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Northeast Indiana’s largest employer announced changes to a couple buildings today. Parkview Hospital will begin tearing down two different sites at its Randallia campus. Demolition starts next month on the parking garage and English Hall, both off Randallia Drive.
“Parkview is investing on this campus and we continue to work very purposefully about what does care really look like for this community at the corner of state and Randallia,” Chief Operating Officer, Ben Miles said. “This is really just the next phase of a construction update of what we’re going to be doing here.”
The parking garage will be torn down and replaced with flat surface parking. The move will reduce the number of parking spots from 450 to 150 on the west end of the campus. Leaders said more people have been using services on the east side which provides more than an adequate amount of parking. Parkview officials said the new flat surface parking should be done in the next few months.
The second building to be demolished is English Hall. It’s a three story building that was formerly the home of the Parkview school of nursing in the ’50s. Leaders said demolition will help open a new entryway and become a grassy area until officials fully decide what to do with it.
“We still have the busiest Emergency Department in northeast Indiana,” Vice President of Operations at Parkview Randallia, Marlon Wardlow said. “The community has definitely voted with its feet to keep coming to this campus. And we’ve heard that message loud and clear.” Wardlow said on average the department sees 160 patients per day.
Leaders hope the project will be completed by late November, early December. To help with parking during construction, leaders will expand valet services to be 24-7.