Mahoning Valley Building A Addition
Akron Children's Hospital
This addition is the first phase of a multi-phase master plan developed for the Beeghly campus initiated in 2014. The project encompasses a two-story, 55,800-square foot addition and minor renovations to Building ‘A’ at Akron Children Hospital’s Mahoning Valley Beeghly Campus.
The project enhances access and wayfinding by adding 171 new parking spaces and creating a new front door for the ‘A’ building. The new addition includes 47 exam rooms and shell space for 14 additional exam rooms and a future data center. Other spaces include a Sports Rehabilitation area, regionalized registration area and public amenities. The renovation portion of this project includes the lobby and a small section of the Hemo/Oncology Suite for the inclusion of palliative care.
The 47 exam rooms are universally designed to accommodate both visiting specialists and full time practices. The universal design was tested through card board mock-ups by all specialties to maximize patient, family and staff needs. Any specialty can be scheduled in any exam room, maximizing schedule flexibility.
The exam rooms are grouped into three “neighborhoods” with 14-18 exam rooms each. One neighborhood, with 18 exam rooms, will be occupied by Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics for Primary Care services. The other two neighborhoods, with 14-15 exam rooms each, were designed for multiple subspecialties.
The Surgical neighborhood includes the following sub-specialties:
- Sports Medicine
- General Surgery
The Medical neighborhood includes the following sub-specialties:
- Allergy / Immunology
Designers envisioned the building theme as “Re-connecting To Nature” – a nod to Akron’s “Backyard” theme, a connection to the existing Garden of Hope, the planned Riverwalk coming to this region, and a celebration of Mill Creek Metro Park – the first park district in the state of Ohio.
The design features simple, magical spaces filled with bright sunshine. The environment will be a place for healing and restoration of the body, mind and spirit for children & their families. Children will be delighted as they “discover” butterflies, birds and turtles as they explore the brightly colored space. Graphics, pictures, textiles and signs offer opportunities for education, wayfinding and positive distraction.
Gently sweeping curves emulate a river down the central corridor and act as a connector to the existing buildings. Materials emulate wood, water and other natural elements – connecting the interior to nature.