Hospital awning damaged by weather


February 13, 2014

The main entrance to the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center reopened Thursday afternoon without its familiar white canopy to guide visitors indoors.

The artistic awning was a casualty of the previous day’s weather, a Vidant Health official said. The weight of Wednesday’s snow and ice caused the canopy to collapse, spokeswoman Christine Mackey said in a news release. No one was exposed to possible injury from the collapse because the entrance had been closed earlier in the day after a tear was found in the fabric, Mackey said.

There still are some parking restrictions near the front of the children’s hospital, but patients and families may be dropped off at the main entrance.

The white canopy immediately became a visual landmark of the hospital district when it was unveiled in June. It was designed to resemble the sails of a clipper ship at sea and spread out over the entrance walkway to the two-story 78,000-square-foot facility.

The undersea motif continues inside the building as children and visitors are exposed to curving pastel waves and seascapes where visual displays of sea creatures intersperse with life-size figures of dolphins, whales and other sea creatures.

The canopy manufacturer is working with Vidant Health on repairs to the canopy, Mackey said.

No projected completion date was given.