Posted on March 23, 2012
Amramp installs longest wheelchair ramp at Langley Air Force Base during military hospital renovation in Hampton, Virginia
When the hospital at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia needed extensive renovations, general contractors initially estimated a 29-foot ramp would be required to allow staff and visitors to pass from one part of the hospital to another. They later realized that the job in fact called for a 110-foot ramp – it was then that they contacted Amramp of Virginia.
The construction firm found Amramp’s website on the Internet and called to help find a temporary solution to their transport needs during renovation. It was the longest ramp Amramp of Hampton Roads had ever been asked to install, but the business’ locally owned and operated team set up an evaluation the very next day.
“We would have done it the same day, but we had to submit information to be approved for a pass to get on base,” said Jane Rostov, owner of Amramp Hampton Roads.
The ramp that Amramp assembled created the perfect pathway to provide staff and visitor thoroughfare between hospital areas while part of an older building was being demolished. The mostly flat ramp provided the only route to safely move from one spot to another while construction was underway.
It was a unique job for the local Amramp franchise partner: clearances were required to pass through tight security. There was an additional challenge in the hustle of an active military base serving Air Force personnel worldwide. To be as efficient as possible, Amramp made sure to apply for a base pass ahead of time, and had a representative from the project meet them at the pass office the first time, which seemed to expedite the process.
The job did take one unexpected turn: “When they called us to schedule the ramp removal, we set it up for the following day,” said Rostov. “Just as our crew was about to load the last of the 110-foot ramp into the truck and leave, the foreman came running up, very flustered, and said that they had made a mistake – could we put it back up? We were back the next morning and re-installed all 110 feet of it.”
Amramp is proud to have provided an efficient and easy mobility solution for an unusual job at one of the nation’s most important military hospitals. Amramp is your go-to company for any and all ramp and mobility concerns – Amramp wheelchair ramps are made-in-the-USA. Like the expert installers in Hampton Roads, all 44 locations across the U.S. are staffed with professionals who can easily adapt to last-minute changes and difficult structural challenges.
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