Old Valpo hospital demolition to be discussed Tuesday
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent November 10, 2012 7:06PM
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:27AM
VALPARAISO — The former Porter hospital building will be demolished sometime in spring or early summer, and city officials will hear plans for it Tuesday.
DLZ engineering consultants are scheduled to appear before the Site Review Committee at 9 a.m. in City Hall on Lincolnway.
According to Porter officials, the building will not be imploded, a visually stunning and messy demolition method for larger buildings that’s popular with television shows and YouTube videos.
In an e-mail statement, hospital spokeswoman Karen Keltner stated DLZ “is currently taking bids from numerous national demolition companies. Bids are due early next month, and their goal is to select the winning bid by year end.”
The demolition start date is scheduled for the second quarter of the year but no specific date.
“Demolition methods will not be announced until the decision is made on the winning bid,” Keltner stated.
DLZ submitted blueprints of the building to the city, and it appears that the outlying medical arts and laundry buildings aren’t part of the main demolition.
City Planning Director Tyler Kent said he won’t know what DLZ intends until Tuesday’s meeting and declined to speculate.
DLZ representatives declined to comment on the matter, deferring to the hospital.
Valparaiso University will own the former hospital property but isn’t involved with the demolition.