Dayton Children’s Hospital Announces $140M Expansion Project
- Oct 22, 2013
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Great news for all the children in Dayton. Dayton Children’s Hospital plans to invest $140 million to expand its Valley Street campus, near the city’s downtown. The hospital’s board of trustees approved the plan recently. The move follows a nearly nine-month planning process that included input from the hospital’s staff as well as patient families.
Almost 70 percent of the hospital’s current facilities are 35 years old or older, and, according to Dayton Children’s, have approached the end of their useful life for the delivery of clinical care. New spaces are necessary. Under the long-range plan, the hospital will build a new 260,000-square-foot, eight-story patient tower in the center of its Valley Street campus. It will provide the space needed to deliver care to children battling cancer and critically ill newborns.
“Our strategic roadmap, Destination 2020, calls for us to advance our role as a leader in children’s health. A thorough assessment of how we will achieve this vision has revealed that new spaces are needed to provide critical services well into the future,” said President & CEO Deborah Feldman in a statement for the press. “This is a great milestone on our path to a vibrant, world-class pediatric care facility that will help us achieve our goals of improving the health of all children and remaining an independent children’s hospital well into the future,” she added.
The hospital hired FKP Architects, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital architectural firm, to lead the development of the long-range plan. The Danis Building Construction Co. was selected as the construction manager for the massive project. Now that the plan has been approved by the board, work will start on the design and planning phase. Construction is expected to start early next year, with the entire project slated for completion sometime in 2017. The hospital hopes philanthropy will play an important role in funding the $140 million project.
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