IOWA CITY — A time-lapse video showing construction of the 14-floor Stead Family Children’s Hospital makes the four-year, $360 million project look remarkably easy.
But every aspect of this state-of-the-art facility has been studied, donations have been raised and legions of construction workers brought in to build, layer-by-layer, this oval high rise dedicated to children’s health.
“There’s a high level of excitement about the new facility,” said Tom Moore, spokesman for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. “It’s grown out of an understanding about what kind of a great resource this is going to be.”
The community is invited to see the Children’s Hospital for the first time at open houses this weekend. The hospital opens to patients in early 2017.
The Children’s Hospital is to provide 134 private inpatient rooms in 507,000 square feet of new construction, plus 56,250 square feet of renovated space. In addition to high-tech equipment and great views of Kinnick Stadium, there are other unique features, including:
Colorful wall-mounted cubes in patient rooms are lighting fixtures known as a Drew’s Lamp that allow patients to use bedside remotes to create a personal lighting scheme. The Drew’s Lamp was inspired by Drew Wall, a patient who died in 2012 at age 16, who always brought a bedside lamp to the hospital to give him a more homelike environment.
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