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Akron Children's plans major expansion of Considine Professional Building

10-10-2016 (Akron, Ohio )

Akron Children’s Hospital will break ground in February on a 230,000 square-foot addition to its seven-story Considine Professional Building, 215 W. Bowery St., across from the main hospital building.

The addition will bring together all of Akron Children’s outpatient clinics and programs in downtown Akron and continue the campus transformation that began when the hospital broke ground on the Kay Jewelers Pavilion in 2012. That project included a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and GOJO Outpatient Surgery Center.

In addition to consolidating outpatient programs currently located in the main hospital, the Locust Professional Building and elsewhere, the addition will help meet the demand for more physician office space and streamline wayfinding for patients.

A connector bridge, linking the Kay Jewelers Pavilion to the main hospital, and now the expanded Considine Professional Building, will be the key to that improved wayfinding.

“We are again approaching this project by keeping the perspective of the patient family central in our planning,” said Grace Wakulchik, chief operating officer at Akron Children’s Hospital. “We know many of our patients have multiple appointments and see several different providers. They come with siblings, wheelchairs, strollers, infant carriers - and perhaps a lot on their minds - and we want to make their appointments as easy and convenient as possible.”

Expanding the professional building will bring Akron Children’s mental health programs, which have been several blocks away, back on campus and will consolidate outpatient laboratories.

Another big change will be convenient entrance-based check-in and registration rather than in individual departments.  

“The new check-in process is more patient-friendly and future focused,” said Wakulchik. “For example, consider how airline check-in has changed over the years – where counter spaces were once needed, passengers can now check in from kiosks or even on their smart phones.”

The Considine Professional Building will grow to 480,000 square feet as it takes shape at the corner of Bowery and Exchange streets. Although the original market cost estimates were more than $100 million, the target cost for the facility, using integrated lean project delivery, is $84 million.

When construction is complete in April, 2018, the following departments will re-locate into the new space:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Pediatric psychology and psychiatry
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Genetics
  • Locust Pediatric Care Group
  • Outpatient lab
  • Outpatient pharmacy
  • Pediatric rheumatology

The project will also give departments, such as Sports Rehab and the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, which are currently in the building, room to expand.