Two helipads on the top of the new Parkland were recently
completed and will double the landing space for air
transportation of critically ill and injured patients.
“Helicopters now will have a clear flight path to the
helipads,” said Lou Saksen, Senior Vice President of New
Parkland Construction. Currently, helicopters transporting
patients to Parkland must navigate between two buildings to
In addition, the helipads will have a built in de-icing system.
“It will be heated so ice can’t form, which is much better than
our current method of having our engineering staff salt down
the helipad and scrape ice away,” Lou said.
The helipads are substantially larger, designed to offer the
option of having more room for caregivers who are waiting on
air ambulances to land. High-speed, oversized elevators also
are being installed on the helipads to more quickly transport
patients to care, he said.
There are also structural accommodations for a future
expansion of a third helistop that would allow for increased
volume and frequency, thus better serving patients when