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Old 04-29-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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It was discussed many months ago, about the same time that Bonefish was announced, that Buc's Seafood Restaurant would open in the old Perkins Restaurant located across from the Hilton & the convention center. They even put up a sign out front. I thought they must have backed out after so much time has passed, but today they were ripping out the inside of the building. Does anyone know whats going on here?
I'm trying to find the article in Hot Dish from a few weeks ago, but I believe there is a new mexican/japanese/some other place that will opening up in Buc's seafood spot.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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It was discussed many months ago, about the same time that Bonefish was announced, that Buc's Seafood Restaurant would open in the old Perkins Restaurant located across from the Hilton & the convention center. They even put up a sign out front. I thought they must have backed out after so much time has passed, but today they were ripping out the inside of the building. Does anyone know whats going on here?
Found it:

4/17/13

A sign at the restaurant at 206 S.W. Greenville Blvd. notes that Yerbabuena Mexican Grill and Restaurant will be opening soon. The restaurant, across from the Greenville Convention Center, has housed a Perkins restaurant, Libby Hill Seafood Restaurant and Los Charros Mexican Restaurant. It most recently was scheduled to be the location for Buc’s Seafood, but the restaurant never opened there. “Hot Dish” will have more details as they become available.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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Children's hospital nears completion

Undergoing painful medical treatments is a stressful experience, especially when you're little and don't fully understand what is happening.

Which is why watching a cartoon while getting a transfusion, seeing fish swoop through an aquarium or having your mom or dad sleeping beside you can ease the trauma.

But these things require space. And space costs money.

The people of eastern North Carolina wanted ground-breaking medical and emotional care for their children. They raised millions, sometimes a dollar at a time, to build a hospital with the space to provide that kind of care.

Vidant Children's Hospital's $48.2 million expansion is nearing completion. Patients are expected to move in the 2˝ story, 78,000-square-foot structure in late June or early July. The move follows a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for June 20 and community tours that begin at 2 p.m. June 23.

"We know we have patients that need to be served and now we've grown the facilities and physicians to take care of them," said Dr. Ronald M. Perkins, co-medical director of the children's hospital and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The new facility is designed to minimize the anxiety of patients and their parents. It begins with the sail-like canopy that covers the main entrance of the hospital.

"It gives Children's Hospital its identity on campus," said Joey Dunlow, Vidant Health Facilities and Properties project manager. "The hope is it will give a playful appearance that will help take a child's mind off (the reason) they are they are entering the hospital."

The new facility's design builds upon the aquatic theme of the current children's hospital.

Blue and tan, symbolic of water and sand, fill the public spaces. Rounded, shimmering tiles front counters and are found in rest rooms. Bubble motifs pop up on floors, on ceilings and in lighting fixtures. Four aquariums, including a 900-gallon tank, are in the lobby.

"The finishes are a lot different than anything we've done here before because we're trying to create that playful, cheerful environment," Dunlow said.

There is an outpatient unit for children undergoing procedures that require sedation but not an overnight stay. There are diversion rooms, where treatments and tests are performed, with programmable lighting and videos. Again, the goal is to lessen anxiety.

The curved hallways, which mimic the building's curved exterior wall, break up the line of sight.

"There are no long halls so you don't have an overwhelming feeling of how long the hall is," Dunlow said. "It takes away some of the anxiety of the kids."

The centerpiece of the facility is its Kids Immunosuppressed Special Unit, also called KISU.

The specially designed space is for children undergoing treatment for cancer, blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, and other illnesses that compromise the immune system.

Because children being treated for these illnesses are often hospitalized for weeks and months, the new rooms have a homelike feel, Dunlow said.

The six KISU rooms have designated spaces for the patient, the family and the medical staff, Dunlow said. This is possible because the rooms are twice as large as the ones in the existing hospital. Chairs convert to sleepers for the parents' comfort during overnight stays. There is a desk area where parents can bring in computers for work or so patients can communicate with family via Skype.

Each room has an anteroom where medical staff and family members wash up before visiting the patient. The anterooms also assist the positive air pressure system that's used in KISU. This system prevents air circulating on the unit floor from entering the patients' room, reducing the risk of airborne infections, Dunlow said.

Each KISU room has a wall of windows overlooking Stantonsburg Road. During the early days of construction, medical staff found the lure of dump trucks and cranes motivated kids to get out of bed.

Because family support, including visits from siblings, is critical to a child's recovery, the KISU unit has an activity room on its floor. New outdoor play spaces have been built.

There also is a Ronald McDonald Suite where families can clean their laundry, bathe or relax without leaving the hospital.

"When we are talking about taking care of a child, we're talking about taking care of a whole family unit," Perkins said.

When Perkins joined the children's hospital in 2000, a goal was set to expand the facility so more children could be treated closer to home.

"We recognized there were a lot of things that needed to be added. Not only physicians, but we needed to grow space. One of the things we realized is children with cancer needed their own space," he said.

Vidant Children's Hospital is part of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises money to provide medical care for children. Money raised by member hospitals stays in their community.

Starting in 2002, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals set out to raise enough money to build KISU. Four years later, the network, through individual donors, business and corporations, had raised $5.8 million to fund KISU. The expansion was announced a year later.

"That announcement, in my opinion, changed everything," Perkin said. "I've been able to recruit subspecialists in every area because they are looking forward to being part of this growth."

When Perkin arrived in Greenville the children's hospital had 40 full-time physicians at the medical school and hospital along with private pediatricians working in the community.

Today, there are 78 doctors and three surgeons at the children's hospital.

James and Connie Maynard announced in 2011 they were donating $9 million toward the expansion and another $1.5 million to fund a distinguished professorship in the Department of Pediatrics. A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion was held a month later. Perkins received the professorship.

"In an economy that has said otherwise, our fundraising effort results have increased. It is due to the incredible commitment of our donors and their understanding of the impact their donations make to the children's hospital. We have the best supporters in the world," said Laura Lee Potter, program director for the local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

When workers at T.A. Loving, the construction company building the expansion, learned their work was motivating children to get out of their hospital beds, they wanted to do even more.

During the two years of construction, they wrapped Christmas lights around a crane which was then used to deliver presents to patients and their siblings. They also gave monetary donations to help families buy presents and gift cards so they can eat at local restaurants, Dunlow said.

It's just one example of the generosity eastern North Carolina has shown the children's hospital, Perkin said.

"Everybody seems to know they are doing something special here," Perkin said.

"As we cut this ribbon we are announcing to the community we are ready to take care of our children and they won't have to leave the community."
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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First walls up on the new courthouse.



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Old 04-30-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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First walls up on the new courthouse.


Is this the bankruptcy court? I don't understand why this courthouse is being constructed in the way it is.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:10 PM
 
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Is this the bankruptcy court? I don't understand why this courthouse is being constructed in the way it is.
Yes it is. I don't know anything about construction, so I can't answer your question. Here's two more viewpoints:



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Old 04-30-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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The demolished Georgetown complex. They're gutting Ham's right now. I saw them removing door plates - thou shall leave no metal behind!




Yeah, I crossed it!



Looks like the tide came in!
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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Is this the bankruptcy court? I don't understand why this courthouse is being constructed in the way it is.
I guess you mean using pre-fab materials? It's the federal government, they're not springing for the good stuff (unless it's for their own personal use of course).
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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What is up with the layout of the new courthouse? The concrete slabs they laid out are sectioned off, with nothing in between. You can't see this very well from the road but from above you can see it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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What is up with the layout of the new courthouse? The concrete slabs they laid out are sectioned off, with nothing in between. You can't see this very well from the road but from above you can see it.
A courtyard for the courthouse?
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