Inside Children's Blog

New medical building is parent approved

Beth Tenda at surgery kaizen

When Beth Tenda brings one of her children to Akron Children’s new ER, she’ll know every nook and cranny of the space down to the most obscure detail. That’s because Beth helped design the hospital’s $200 million Kay Jewelers Pavilion as part of the lean project delivery process.

Up on the rooftop, construction workers pause …


Last year, workers fashioned a Christmas tree powered by a car battery that was hoisted by one of our massive cranes each night. The cranes may be gone this year, but the holiday spirit remains. This year Santa is climbing to the 15-foot Christmas tree on the roof of our new Kay Jewelers Pavilion.

Sculptures find new home at hospital’s medical tower

Don Drumm sculpture

Quietly standing in the landscape of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion will be a family of sculptures without a name but not without purpose. Local artist, Don Drumm, is donating 3 free-standing sculptures to adorn the grounds of the building. Although Drumm didn’t design the sculptures specifically for the hospital, the pieces are a beautiful reflection of the families it serves.

A gem of a gift Kay Jewelers donates $10 million to Akron Children's for new building


On Oct. 24, Akron Children’s Hospital announced the name of its new medical building on the Akron campus: the Kay Jewelers Pavilion. The new building was named in recognition of Kay® Jewelers continued support and recent $10 million gift toward the “Building on the Promise” capital campaign. The gift is the largest in Akron Children’s […]

New dining area to resemble a garden patch


What would a backyard be without a light and airy spot to relax and have a bite to eat? In keeping with the “backyard” theme of the new building, Akron Children’s has created a dining area that resembles a “garden patch,” with a color scheme featuring bright greens, oranges and reds, reminiscent of growing vegetables. […]

Patient families and staff reunite to celebrate Graffiti Project


Perkins Square Park resembled a family reunion on Aug. 13 when patient families and Akron Children’s employees came together to celebrate the conclusion of the Graffiti Project.

Hospital staff cooks up dozens of ways to thank construction crew


Dressed in hardhats, safety goggles and reflective vests, 15 Akron Children’s staff members arrived at the construction crew lunchroom recently carrying white bakery boxes full of cookies and cupcakes. Their generous gesture was met with applause and cheers, before the crew members descended upon the sugary contents of the boxes.

The art of building child-friendly hospital space

Ron Beahn and Alison Rich, from Akron Public Schools, discuss art selections.

When Akron Children’s Hospital’s new building opens in 2015, more than 400 new pieces of colorful, child-friendly art will adorn its walls. The art will match the building’s backyard theme, as well as the related themes of the individual department floors. Of the total, 250 pieces will be children’s art.

Train process keeps construction on track

Graham Ryan, right, and Evan Engelman consult the Takt planning board.

When Welty-Boldt Production Engineer Graham Ryan tells a trade partner that he’s getting on the train, the partner isn’t going to be watching the bucolic views unfold along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The train Ryan is talking about is an outgrowth of Takt Planning, part of the lean process being used to construct Akron Children’s new medical tower, slated to open in spring 2015.

Topping Out ceremony for Akron Children’s medical tower comes 2 months early


Akron Children’s Hospital joined Welty Construction and Boldt Company on April 2 to celebrate the topping out of the new 368,735-square-foot, 7-story medical tower. Despite challenges imposed by this year’s weather, the project is currently ahead of schedule.