The Site and Hospital Deconstruction
The Alpine-Balsam site sits along the Broadway corridor, north of downtown, and is one of five key activity centers along the central stretch of Broadway. Development along the Broadway corridor is guided by the Central Broadway Corridor Design Framework .
Boulder Community Health Hospital Deconstruction
The city will begin decommission and deconstruction of the hospital in spring 2019. You can review the staff presentation during a City Council Study Session on Nov. 13 to learn more about the hospital and how the city plans to move forward with the project. You can also sign up for an email list and the Planning Newsletter to receive updates.
The BCH hospital has had several additions over the years that were to serve the internal needs and functions of the hospital. The building today sprawls the site, more than two-thirds of the 260,000 sq. ft. is in the basement and first level, where there is little to no access to natural daylight. The building does not provide a strong relationship to the street or surrounding community and its aesthetic design quality is unremarkable. Reuse of the hospital, whether interim or long-term would entail abatement and interior deconstruction. The reuse would primarily be of the exterior, which is not itself architecturally distinctive. This coupled with extensive physical limitations would make meeting new regulatory requirements cost- and time-prohibitive.
What will be the hours of deconstruction?
Construction noise is only allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any day per Boulder Revised Code 5-9-3(2). Light construction work is allowed between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and would consist of work that does not require power tools or heavy equipment such as painting, cleaning up the worksite, or working with hand tools other than hammers. At this time, work will be limited to weekdays. However, this may change in the future.
What was the decision-making process to deconstruct the hospital?
Following analysis of potential reuse of the hospital, City Council determined that reuse of the site would not be cost-effective or meet the goals of the site related to the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan. Further information on this council decision can be found in the November 2018 memo.
How and when will the city investigate the site's soil?
The city and its contractors will follow all environmental requirements at the federal and state level. Part of these requirements will require investigating materials that could be in the soil. The city will first assess and survey soils before a clean up plan is developed and only if one is required. The timeline to assess the soils has not yet been determined.
How can I paint one of the murals that will go on the fencing surrounding the site during construction?
Visit the Mural Artist page to add your name to the roster.
The Alpine-Balsam site is home to the former Boulder Community Health (BCH) campus. In December 2015, the City of Boulder purchased the 8.8-acres of property from BCH for $40 million. When the city purchased the property, the city also leased part of the 8.8 acres back to BCH for continued use. The lease, which now extends to May 31, 2019, will enable BCH to continue providing services to the community as construction at its Foothills campus is completed.
The properties that were purchased by the city can be seen in the image below.
While the hospital building is not viable for re-use, the more recently constructed Medical Office Pavilion offers reuse potential and will be studied further as part of the Area Plan process.
BCH Broadway Videos
This video is a segment from the September 2, 2016 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more Inside Boulder visit www.BoulderChannel8.com
This video is a segment from the July 22, 2016 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more Inside Boulder visit www.BoulderChannel8.com
This video is a segment from the December 11, 2015 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more Inside Boulder visit www.BoulderChannel8.com
This video is a segment from the November 6, 2015 episode of Inside Boulder. For more Inside Boulder visit www.BoulderChannel8.com
This video is a segment from the July 17, 2015 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more Inside Boulder News visit BoulderChannel8.com
City Council Actions
Learn about City Council's role in the decision to move forward on the acquisition of the Boulder Community Hospital campus.
6/16/2015: City Council Study Session
City Council Agenda item first discussing the Boulder Community Hospital option. The Boulder Civic Area team sought direction from Council Members on whether the City of Boulder should submit a bid to acquire the BCH site on Broadway and Balsam. Council Members advised staff to submit an initial offer by the June 30th deadline.
7/14/2015: City Council Special Session
This special session of the Boulder City Council was called on short notice to allow Council Members to vote to approve the acquisition of the BCH site at Broadway and Balsam.
The Executive Summary and the Boulder Municipal Property Authority Agenda contain information on the Issuance of Certificates of Participation.
8/27/2015: City Council Special Session
Discussion of Boulder Community Health Phase I Environmental Assessment at beginning of Boulder City Council Special Session. Members gave the City Attorney the authority to negotiate a extension with Boulder Community Health on the $3 million earnest money deadline. The city needs the additional time to complete environmental assessments at the BCH campus site. This extension does NOT effect the timetable to complete the purchase transaction by mid-December.
9/15/2015: City Council Meeting
The Boulder City Council authorized the sale of up to $41 million in certificates of participation to use toward the final purchase of the Boulder Community Health/Broadway Campus purchase and redevelopment.
11/15/2016: City Council Meeting
This memo provided an update on the Alpine Balsam project and related projects, highlighting their inter-relationships and timing, and council feedback on key findings, recommendations and planned next steps for the remainder of 2016 and 2017.
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