Children's Hospital Colorado - Colorado Springs

Children’s Hospital of Colorado – Colorado Springs will be the first center for pediatric healthcare in Southern Colorado. The six-level facility will offer orthopedics, neurology, audiology, endocrinology, and the first pediatric-only operating rooms and emergency department in Colorado Springs.

Location:
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Owner:
Children's Hospital Colorado
Architect:
FKP Architects

280,000

Total Square Feet

Bringing care closer to home

The Big Picture

This new facility, connected to UCHealth Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs via a pedestrian bridge, will provide Southern Colorado with desperately needed, world-class medical care for children.  The modern, high-tech facility includes eight operating rooms, 31 emergency rooms, 110 beds, along with neonatal and pediatric intensive care rooms. Children’s will provide treatment for both urgent and long-term health issues. It has already been lauded as a huge benefit to the community, a place of refuge for patients and families as they face serious diseases and injuries. This facility will allow kids to stay in school and have fewer days missed while allowing parents to stay at work, be more productive, and not have to burn their sick days by driving to the  campus in Denver.

Ingenuity in Action

Once GE Johnson broke ground on the Children’s Hospital of Colorado – Colorado Springs, the project team initiated a program called the Kid of the Quarter.  A program that builds a personal bridge between the construction team and the children who will benefit from this hospital.

To better connect with the hospital and its patients, the Kid of the Quarter program selects a brave girl or boy who has received care at Children’s Hospital to share their story. In return the project team welcomes them to the jobsite where they are introduced to the entire construction team of over 300 people and taught about safety, processes, machinery, and all aspects of the construction of their new hospital.

The program offers each Kid of the Quarter participant an opportunity to leave their mark on the new hospital by signing one of the steel beams as they tour through the unfinished grounds and they may even have the chance to call up to the crane operator or place the first door frame in the future NICU.

Each child’s story is posted throughout the jobsite, giving workers and project leaders a daily boost of motivation and personal connection to the project. The program has been embraced by all contracting partners on site, with one project partner sponsoring a new child each quarter. 

In line with GE Johnson’s mission to enrich our communities, this program brings life to the team by giving back and reminding them that what they are building will provide life-saving treatment to children for years to come.

 

300
Craftsworkers assigned to this project
20
Underground conduit racks saved 2 months on the overall schedule
The little details
  • Prefabrication of exterior panels accelerated the schedule and enhanced quality of installation.
  • Bright colors and intricate patterns on the floors and walls and ample natural light from windows throughout the building give a warm and sense of home to the children.
  • A creative play area is located at the main entrance to hospital for all children to play, whether they are seeking medical care or visiting a sibling or friend.
  • Child Life / Play Area located on levels 4 and 5, on patient overnight floors let them be kids, release their energy, and express themselves.
"Our challenge is putting things together so it works. Your challenge is your health. That's our daily reminder of our commitment."
Dave Kenney
Senior Superintendent
GE Johnson Construction
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