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One Hundred | 21 & 17 fl | U/C
So much parking lot waiting for better things!
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(06-16-2017, 08:05 AM)panamaniac Wrote: So much parking lot waiting for better things!

Is the Bramm St Yards still being used by Kitchener maintenance, or is it sitting idle now?
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(06-16-2017, 09:35 AM)Spokes Wrote:
(06-16-2017, 08:05 AM)panamaniac Wrote: So much parking lot waiting for better things!

Is the Bramm St Yards still being used by Kitchener maintenance, or is it sitting idle now?

No use by the City that I've seen. It's all running from Wabanaki now.
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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https://www.therecord.com/news-story/738...ad-closes/

KITCHENER — Patients transported by helicopter to and from Kitchener's hospitals will be diverted to the Breslau airport after the downtown helipad was closed due to a new construction crane erected nearby.
The helipad is at Walter and Wellington streets, between Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital. This week, a tall crane went up not too far away.
"The crane affects the flight path to the helipad," said Grand River spokesperson Mark Karjaluoto.
Helicopters will now have to land at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, and an ambulance will need to cover the rest of the distance to either hospital. Karjaluoto said they were notified on Wednesday morning by Ornge, which provides air ambulance services in Ontario.
The downtown helipad gets 100 flights a year, equal to one every few days. By comparison, Karjaluoto said, Grand River's emergency department sees 70,000 patients a year.
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(06-23-2017, 07:51 PM)Smore Wrote: https://www.therecord.com/news-story/738...ad-closes/

KITCHENER — Patients transported by helicopter to and from Kitchener's hospitals will be diverted to the Breslau airport after the downtown helipad was closed due to a new construction crane erected nearby.
The helipad is at Walter and Wellington streets, between Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital. This week, a tall crane went up not too far away.
"The crane affects the flight path to the helipad," said Grand River spokesperson Mark Karjaluoto.
Helicopters will now have to land at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, and an ambulance will need to cover the rest of the distance to either hospital. Karjaluoto said they were notified on Wednesday morning by Ornge, which provides air ambulance services in Ontario.
The downtown helipad gets 100 flights a year, equal to one every few days. By comparison, Karjaluoto said, Grand River's emergency department sees 70,000 patients a year.

I assumed this refers to the tower crane at 100...if its incorrect (and perhaps anyways) maybe the mods could move post to Tower Cranes thread.
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Once they start building Sixo, there will be more cranes in range of the helipad.

Might be worth looking into a new location for it.
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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(06-23-2017, 10:05 PM)KevinL Wrote: Once they start building Sixo, there will be more cranes in range of the helipad.

Might be worth looking into a new location for it.

I wonder if a new Helipad could be built across the street from GRH in the Sun life Parking lot, or the parking lot at Park/Strange or even better have Helipads on the roofs of GRH and St. Mary's Hospital if the roofs are strong enough. It would benefit Ornge and the developers. Since the helipad/hopefully OSC could be redeveloped and the helicopters would be right at the hospital.
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(06-16-2017, 01:12 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(06-16-2017, 09:35 AM)Spokes Wrote: Is the Bramm St Yards still being used by Kitchener maintenance, or is it sitting idle now?

No use by the City that I've seen. It's all running from Wabanaki now.
This is complete hearsay, I talked to a City of Kitcherner employee who worked on underground infrastructure. He figured with the size sewer pipes he put in on Park St. years ago that the city was expecting something very large in that area. He thinks that the Bramm St. yards will be held until the province has funding for a new General Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo. St. Mary's may continue as a cardiac and lung centre while Grand River expand it's Cancer centre.
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I guess that would be the teaching hospital for UofW's medical faculty. Wink
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(Yesterday, 09:23 AM)panamaniac Wrote: I guess that would be the teaching hospital for UofW's medical faculty.  Wink

...and we could build our own trauma centre and wouldn't need a helipad to fly patients to Toronto/London/Hamilton.  Smile


How could this be a surprise to the city/builder/Ornge though? I felt like we had the discussion over a year ago about the potential problems with the approach to the helipad due to the One hundred and SIXO developments.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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If the crane itself, and not the fact that it is unlit, is the problem, then the helipad in its present location would seem to be toast, given the height of the 100 Victoria and Sixo towers.
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Well someone skilled in Google Sketch-up could translate the dimensions from here https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/r...m#table4_1 and superimpose the proposed building heights and positions and determine for sure.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(Yesterday, 11:32 AM)panamaniac Wrote: If the crane itself, and not the fact that it is unlit, is the problem, then the helipad in its present location would seem to be toast, given the height of the 100 Victoria and Sixo towers.

The crane is lit, at least it was when I looked Thursday night. It has three lights, one at either end and one in the centre.
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Tower cranes act as a weather vane when they aren't in use so maybe the fact the move and get taller over time is the reason the helicopters avoid them.
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(4 hours ago)jeffster Wrote: The crane is lit, at least it was when I looked Thursday night.  It has three lights, one at either end and one in the centre.

According to the Record story, it wasn't originally:

Quote:Local paramedic Peter Zanon, who works for Ornge, is concerned about the situation. He said the crane was first spotted and reported by a pilot, who was luckily flying during the day and spotted the obstacle.

"This crane went up overnight," Zanon said. "There was no lighting on it."
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