Time Lapse Camera to Record Progress of New Hospital

Posted 8 May 2014 1:14 PM by TCAuthor3

By Carol Ryczek, community relations manager, Shawano Medical Center

When I was growing up, my dad would walk us past construction sites in Milwaukee– block-long fenced in areas masked by huge sheets of plywood. You could see the cranes and diggers over the top of the barriers, and now and then, a knothole would come loose and you could see into the building site. We could catch glimpses of massive pieces of machinery moving dirt and materials around. I couldn’t help but notice that the kids weren’t the only ones happy to have eye-level knotholes to watch through. There were more than a few adults who couldn’t keep their eyes off of the “diggers.”

Eventually contractors figured out that they were putting on a show as well as creating a structure, and now you’ll see holes in barriers conveniently placed for eyes of all ages and heights.

But the builders at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano have taken the whole knothole concept to (literally!)  new heights.

A camera has been placed high on the north side of the building site on County Road B in Shawano. The camera faces what will become the main entrance to the building.   (A big thank you to Brian Mulroy and his crew at Boldt Co. for positioning the camera and making sure the electrical connections were safe and available.) It takes a picture every 30 minutes, allowing you to keep track of the progress of the construction. An online service stores the pictures and will replay them for you at the click of the mouse.  To see the replay, go to the left of the picture and press “Time-Lapse Movie.”

You’ll find the camera and the access to the replay loop at http://shawanomedical.workzonecam.com/shawanomedical.  Feel free to peek in often and see the new medical center come together.