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.
Why can't the hospital be reused?
The city plans to keep the Medical Pavilion entact for future reuse.
The rest of 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.
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.
Has any environmental testing been done at the site?
Three reports were completed in 2015:
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 expired in May 2019.
The properties that were purchased by the city can be seen in the image below.
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.