East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Surgery & NICU Addition

Building Area: 271,121 s.f.

Date of Completion: Fall 2016

Type: Addition

Location: Knoxville, TN

Budget: $54,000,000

Challenge: Design an addition for an established¬†children’s hospital to enable long term growth for expanding modalities.

Solution: Through years of renovation and limited building expansion, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital was in a position of needing a building addition to meet its needs for decades to come. After an extensive master planning process, a site was identified for a new multi-level building designed to house surgery and NICU spaces, as well as provide shell space for additional program expansion. With the relocation of these expanded functions, the space freed in the existing adjacent hospital will allow for in place expansion and reallocation of programs with increased efficiencies.

The new building accommodates a surgery floor with 14 operating rooms, patient prep and recovery, as well as support areas and a roof garden for waiting families. NICU patients are located on a dedicated floor with 44 patient rooms. The building rests on top of a 2 level parking structure with 165 parking spaces. Shepley Bulfinch served as BMa’s design consultant for this project.


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"The designers have done a remarkable job with this difficult building type. True attention given to the needs of children and families." - 2018 AIA Jury