PUBLISHED: 4:16 PM on Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Photo: Taking a test run
Emergency personnel take a test run Oct. 2, using the new helipad at Bartlett Regional Hospital during the inaugural landing on the building's new wing. The project cost just more than $1 million, said Bruce Hahnlen of BRH Construction.

The original helipad was removed in 2002 to make room for hospital additions and renovations, causing emergency helicopters to land at the Juneau airport and transport patients to the hospital by ambulance.

The new helicopter pad features a structural system to absorb and distribute the weight of a landing helicopter, as well as an integral fire suppression system and a de-icing system.

  Photo by Amanda Gragert
Hahnlen said there is 9,000 feet of heating tubing underneath the helipad.