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CMH Hospital Heliport Application


Children’s Memorial Hospital has sought final approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to operate a rooftop heliport at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Northwestern University’s medical campus in the Streeterville neighborhood.

Children’s Memorial treats the most critically ill and injured children from across Illinois. For more than 20 years, Children’s Memorial has operated a heliport at its Lincoln Park location.

The proposed heliport would be used to receive critically ill and injured children who cannot be transported by ground transportation without threatening the life or condition of the patient and for organ transport. Children will be brought from other hospitals, not from accident scenes, and the heliport would be used for pediatric treatment of Children’s Memorial patients only. According to Children’s Memorial, an average of 73 seriously ill or injured children and 5 organs are transported annually by helicopter to its Lincoln Park location.

In late 2007 and early 2008, the City of Chicago’s Plan Commission, Zoning Committee, and full City Council approved plans to construct the Lurie Children’s Hospital, including the construction of a rooftop heliport. In 2008, the Federal Aviation Administration concluded that heliport operations could be conducted safely. After 8 months of review by internal and external experts, IDOT issued its preliminary approval of Children’s Memorial’s heliport application in April 2009.

Since 2008, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) has expressed concerns over the proposed heliport, given the number of skyscrapers between Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue. As a result, SOAR asked IDOT to deny the rooftop heliport application. IDOT held a four-day public hearing in Streeterville from July 22-25, 2009 to obtain evidence on the rooftop heliport. Children’s Memorial presented testimony on the first day, followed by SOAR’s testimony on the second day. Formal presentations were followed by public comment on the third and fourth days. A continuation of the hearing was held from June 23-24, 2011 to discuss the effect of wind and airwakes on helicopter operations, during which experts for IDOT, CMH, and SOAR testified.

Please feel free to submit comments to IDOT through July 15, 2011.

Administrative Record

Supplemental Order

Agendas for Pre-application Meetings
UCAN Base Visit – May 15, 2007
Campus Planning Meeting – June 25, 2007
Community Meeting – July 10, 2007
Meeting with Alderman Reilly, DPD, CDOT, and OEMC – September 12, 2007
Helicopter Safety Meeting with Alderman Reilly – October 17, 2007

Children's Memorial Hospital
Comprehensive Heliport Report
Heliport Application (400 mb)

Form 7480-1
Notice of Federal Airspace Determination

IDOT Experts
Letter to Professor Michael Selig - March 4, 2008
Letter to Gary Stevens from the University of Illinois – September 3, 2008 and Selig Contract
Letter to Professor Michael Selig - September 16, 2008
Letter to Gary Stevens from Raymond A. Syms – October 22, 2008
Syms Contract
Syms Extension Letter
Ray Syms' Resume
Letter to Gary Stevens from Raymond A. Syms – May 8, 2009
Jerry Lay's Resume
Horn Contract
Horn Extension
Professor Joseph F. Horn’s Resume
Continuum Dynamics Contract
Continuum Dynamics Extension
Overview of Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Keller’s Biography
Dr. Robert M. McKillip, Jr.’s Biography
Dr. Todd R. Quackenbush’s Biography
Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse’s Biography

Division of Aeronautics’ Actions
Notice of Intent to Publish an Order
Proof of Publication of the Notice of Intent to Publish an Order
Certificate of Publication for the Order
Notice of Hearing
Certificate of Publication for the Notice of Hearing
Interim Order 1
Certificate of Publication for Interim Order 1
Notice of Continuation of Hearing
Certificate of Publication for the Notice of Continuation of Hearing
Supplemental Order
Administrative Record Index
Order Denying Rehearing
Certificate of Approval

SOAR-IDOT Meeting – December 17, 2008
Power point presentation
Children’s Memorial Hospital Heliport Proposal – December 17, 2008
Children’s Memorial Hospital Proposal Heliport Documentation as of January 23, 2008

Written Request for Hearing as to the Validity or Reasonableness of IDOT’s Order Regarding the Proposed Children’s Memorial
Hospital Heliport and Motion for an Evidentiary Hearing in Which the Safety of the Proposed Heliport Can Be Fully Explored

Motion for Subpoenas
Order No. 1 – May 1, 2009
CMH’s Response to SOAR’s Motion for Subpoenas
Notice of Discovery Deposition of Beyers
Notice of Discovery Deposition of Woosley
Affidavit of Mark Eugene Doub
Motion for Written Orders and Motion to Reconsider Allowing Cross-Examination
Motion to Compel - July 15, 2009
Motion to Exclude Evidence Which is Not Presented at the Public Hearing
Response to Motion to Exclude Evidence Which is Not Presented at the Public Hearing
Motion to Bar Testimony of Rex J. Alexander
Orders - July 24-25, 2009
Order – February 18, 2010
Motion to Compel - May 31, 2011
Motion to Reschedule
Motion to Depose
CMH's Response to SOAR's Motions to Reschedule Public Hearing and Other Related Matters
Motion to Terminate Hearing on the Application of Children's Memorial Hospital for a Hospital Heliport
Brief to Deny the Children's Memorial Hospital Application for Certificate of Approval for Heliport
Application for Rehearing
Memorandum in Opposition to Application for Rehearing
Complaint for Administrative Review
Plaintiff's Motion to Stay

IDOT Hearing
July 22-25, 2009
Letters and Testimony in Support
Letters and Testimony in Opposition
July 22, 2009 6:00 pm
July 23, 2009 6:00 pm
July 23, 2009 6:00 pm
July 24, 2009 6:00 pm
July 24, 2009 6:00 pm
July 25, 2009 9:15 am
July 25, 2009 12:30 pm
Supplemental Submission in Support of Helipad Application
Second Supplemental Submission in Support of Helipad Application

SOAR’s Exhibit Binder (389 mb)
Presentation by SOAR’s Attorney
June 23-24, 2011

Letters and Testimony in Support
Letters and Testimony in Opposition
Submitted Questions
June 23, 2011 4:00 pm
June 24, 2011 4:00 pm
Horn and Keller Presentation
Syms Presentation
Lay Presentation
Magoon Statement
AWOS and Alexander Presentations
SOAR Evidence Binder (321 mb)

Post-hearing Submissions
Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Supplement – October 5, 2009
Additional copy of CMH’s Supplement and other documents – November 23, 2009
SOAR’s Supplement – January 19, 2010
Horn and CDI Rebuttal to SOAR Presentations
Selig Review
Veillette Response
Corke Response

Analysis of Urban Airwake Effects on Heliport Operations at the Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital
Supporting Documentation
Response to Data Request
CFD Model Sensitivity Study Notes
CGE Mesh Sensitivity Results
CGE Surface Mesh Sensitivity Results
Comparison of Baseline and EBL Code Versions
Model Detail Sensitivity Results
VTM Mesh Sensitivity Results


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