The realization of a masterplan created in the early 2000s, this major expansion and renovation consolidates all pediatric facilities currently located throughout the existing HCA campus. The building’s playful, whimsical design distinguishes it from the adjacent adult hospital and also provides shell space for future expansion.
A new large, wavy entrance canopy will become a campus focal point and delineate two separate drop-off points for hospital and ED patients. The two-story lobby offers centralized wayﬁnding, enabling patients to easily access registration, express care, the emergency department, radiology, surgery and the patient units located directly above. The south-facing curtain wall allows light to penetrate the ﬁrst and second ﬂoor lobby and waiting areas. Three conical skylights will illuminate both the lobby and the pedestrian connector between the Children’s Hospital and the South Tower with colored lights. When illuminated by the sun, exterior ceramic fritted colored glass ﬁns will also bring color into patient rooms.
Pediatric inpatient units are conﬁgured in a racetrack design, with patient rooms located on the perimeter surrounding a central core of centralized and decentralized nursing stations. This hybrid design helps to reduce travel distances, places priority on support spaces and enables nurses to feel more comfortable spending one-on-one time with patients away from the nurse’s station. Large patient rooms with family spaces incorporate glass windows and sliding doors to maximize visibility, with curtains and integral blinds for privacy.