Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital

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project at a glance

The 250,000 square foot vertical expansion to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital was designed and programmed to dramatically advance the size and scope of the hospital’s pediatric healthcare programs. The project included the addition of four floors on top of the hospital’s existing nine-story structure.
The first and second levels of the four-story overbuild accommodate state-of-the-art inpatient floors and an expansion of the existing penthouse as an intermediate mechanical level. The patient rooms were universally designed to accommodate the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, cardiac, and acute-care patients. The two additional levels are shelled to accommodate future expansion needs. In addition to the overbuild, the project also incorporated the relocation of the helipad; the vertical expansion of nine existing elevators; the addition of two elevators through the existing building; renovation of the main lobby entrance; expansion of the oxygen tank area; and upgrades to the electrical and mechanical systems.
The complexities of completing construction on top of an existing building are significant; but the complexities of building on top of a running hospital are life critical. The project team overcame significant logistical, mechanical, and technological challenges resulting in a project that celebrated zero interruptions to operations. The built-out floors are anticipated to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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