Square Footage: 368,000
Actual Cost: $123 Million
Completion Date: 2015

In response to significant increases in patient volumes, Akron Children’s Hospital recently expanded its campus with a 368,000 SF critical care tower. The tower features a 100-bed NICU; a six-bed, high-risk obstetrics program; a 39-bay pediatric emergency department with 14 fast-track and five behavioral health rooms; six outpatient surgical suites; and clinical space for pediatric sub-specialty programs.

The design team was mindful of the need to build in flexibility, so NICU rooms can be converted into PICU rooms; and two floors of shell space are available for future use.

Taking its design cues from the park that flanks the entry to the hospital, the design team created a fanciful treehouse setting in the lobby that appeals to children and extends the outside inside. An expanded Ronald McDonald House of Akron; six-level, 1,200-space parking deck; and a new entry rounded out the program for the new LEED Gold facility.