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August 19, 2012

Akron Children’s Announces $200M Tower Expansion

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Akron Children’s Hospital has announced its plans to build a $200 million expansion of its campus in downtown Akron. The project is called ”Building on the Promise” and will help the hospital keep up with the increase in patients and services.

This is Akron Children’s first major project in 22 years. The centerpiece of the plan is a new critical care tower at the intersection of Locust and Exchange streets. It will feature a new neonatal intensive care unit with individual rooms for each of the hospital’s patients and their parents, a new emergency department with enough room to meet current and future patient volumes, outpatient surgical suites and a dedicated space for several of the hospital’s pediatric subspecialty programs.

“Our patient volumes have increased significantly, and we are seeing patients from (greater) distances. Our main campus will always be the place for trauma cases and children needing the most critical care,” said Bill Considine, president & CEO of the hospital.

The new tower will be built using a process known as “Integrated Lean Project Delivery.” It is expected to improve productivity, eliminate waste, enhance the overall patient experience as well as reduce the project’s overall cost.

Akron Children’s Hospital also plans to expand the Ronald McDonald House of Akron and build a six-level, 1,200-space parking deck and a child-focused patient and visitor welcome center.

A combination of public financing, the use of its internal reserves and philanthropy will help pay for the project. Akron Children’s will launch a capital campaign to raise $50 million for the critical care tower and $10 million for the Ronald McDonald House expansion. Construction will begin in the spring of 2013. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

A number of companies are helping with project management, including the Boldt Co. of Appleton, Wis.; KLMK Group of Richmond, Va.; HKS Inc. of Dallas; and the Welty Building Co. and Hasenstab Architects Inc., both of Akron.

Image courtesy of Akron Children’s Hospital.

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