The proposed space for the International Eye Care Wing includes the windows on the second level.
June 2, 2015 (Chengdu, China)
Tuesday we were ready to roll up the sleeves and start the planning work. We agreed to meet earlier than usual. Space had been assigned and now we had a real project to work on. When we arrived, ongoing executive meetings with the hospital leadership delayed the start - apparently there were some snags with the initial space they'd offered us. Consensus decision-making is surprisingly important, and the local occupants were unwilling to relocate. With some time on my hands, I walked through the outpatient building to experience the early morning rush. There were hundreds of patients arriving and checking in through long, noisy and busy queues.
After about an hour they showed us some different space - smaller than we'd requested, but something we could use to get a good start on the project- about 5,000 square feet on the second floor of the outpatient building. The business plan had to change, but it represented a good opportunity to begin doing real work together and will likely accelerate the ability to develop a new hospital facility. There was a sense of relief on both sides, a sense of accomplishment and celebration. We toured
the facility, defined the space, obtained blue prints and were able to begin more detailed plans for the project. We celebrated the accomplishments of the morning with an amazing lunch hosted by President Deng, where he committed to the success of the project and an aggressive timetable to open a new eye hospital in its own facility.
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