The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus in Willowbrook marked yet another milestone in its expansion with the opening of a parking structure embellished with a stunning piece of art.
“We want to ensure that the remarkable staff at the MLK Campus has space to park in a timely manner, so that they can get to work to start the healing process for our community members,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the East Parking Structure. “This is another achievement in transforming this campus into a center of excellence.”
The 1,431-stall, six-story parking structure features a work of art called Endless Miles on its façade, as well as a reflection plaza and a walkway depicting the campus’ historic timeline.
The artist, Rob Ley, said, ” I feel strongly that art is one of many aspects that help shape and reinforce the ever-evolving identity of a community. I hope the new artwork can serve as a gateway and perhaps even a landmark for both residents and those visiting this neighborhood for many years to come.”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas thanked the artist for “capturing the personality, diversity, strength and heart of this community.”
“Endless Miles was inspired by the many historical, cultural, economic, and infrastructure evolutions experienced here in the neighborhood of Willowbrook, as well as by the doctors and staff who work right here on the campus,” he added. “We all believe healthy people and healthy communities are fostered through art.”
The transformation of the MLK Campus started in October 2011. It now includes the MLK Community Hospital, MLK Outpatient Center, MLK Recuperative Care Center, and the Center for Public Health.
Construction is underway on the MLK Childcare Center that will serve staff at the campus. Later this year, workers will break ground on a 50,000 sq. ft. medical office building for physicians and other healthcare providers affiliated with MLK Community Hospital.
Meanwhile, plans are under way to build a comprehensive and cohesive behavioral health center at what used to be the MLK Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center.