The size of the expansion has also been criticized. Hospital board members said that the plans presented — and approved conceptually — have already been cut down as much as possible by the AVH Board of Directors, which sought to create a lean project.“We are of course aware that scale and mass and size are extremely important issues (to the community),” said hospital board president John Sarpa, who develops hotels in Aspen. Added VH CEO David Ressler: “This is not an Aspen approach to architecture, this is a health care approach to architecture.”

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Aspen City Council approved the initial phase of Aspen Valley Hospital’s size-tripling expansion on a 4-1 vote Monday night.Phase two includes about 63,000 square feet of a potential 136,000-square-foot total expansion of the hospital campus on Castle Creek Road. Most of the second phase includes expanded surgery and patient rooms, plus more physical and cardiac therapy space, a new gift shop, cafeteria and administrative offices. It also includes 12,000 square feet of medical office space. The hospital is looking to philanthropic giving and a property tax increase to fund the expansion. The tax increase must be approved by voters in a yet-to-be-determined election.Phase one — a new obstetrics ward — has already been completed. Also in the second phase, but not included in the 63,000-square-foot building expansion, are a three-story, 210-space parking garage and an 18-unit apartment building for hospital employees.
By Curtis Wackerle, July 13, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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