Construction Updates

An expansive new addition designed to advance pediatric health care on a newly developed 2.5-acre site in the heart of Midtown Detroit. Anticipated to open in 2017, this new hospital and its innovatively designed healing environment will be home to pediatric clinical, research, and teaching experts - national leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely sick and injured children.


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Key Facts

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  • Six-story, 248,800 square-foot facility
  • $155 million investment
  • Family-friendly main entrance, lobby/welcome center featuring:
    • Dramatic two-story ceilings
    • Distinctive cut-out wall shapes that reflect multiple colors and light
    • An 8,842 square-foot feature wall made of brightly colored glass
  • Ground level Emergency Department with improved parking and traffic lanes
  • Expanded Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care units with private rooms
  • Updated Surgery Department including operating rooms, pre-operative and post-operative care
  • Child-inspired nature theme
  • Colorful brick _and glass _features on _building _exterior

Did You Know...?

  • The new hospital uses 11,050 tons of steel - the approximate weight of 1,600 _adult elephants.
  • This project requires pouring 5,100 cubic yards of concrete.
  • The first column placed as the cornerstone of the new hospital weighs 1.65 tons.
  • The exterior of the new hospital will be wrapped in more than an acre of reflective metal panels and a half-acre of brightly colored bricks.
  • That the Brinker Barton Malow construction team had to drill 52 caissons 130 feet underground. These deep holes will be filled with concrete and house the steel reinforcing bars to support the new hospital tower.
  • Most rooms in the new Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) will be private. These rooms will be twice as large as they are today with plenty of room for doctors, residents, nurses, support staff, patients and families. Parents will be able to comfortably stay with their children day or night.
  • Each PICU room will have a private bathroom and parents in both the NICU and PICU will have access to new, expanded shower, laundry, kitchen, bathroom and quiet room spaces.
  • The current hospital opened in 1971, 44 years ago as a ​advanced hospital especially for children. Back then, the building was primarily designed by executives and architects.
  • Today, the new hospital has been designed using integrated lean facility design. Teams of patients, families and caregivers worked together to optimize the new space to standardize work, improve efficiencies and deliver high quality patient and family centered care.

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