Inside Children's Blog

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


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.

Staff, families make furniture choices for new building


The hospital recently held a “furniture fair” to give staff and patient families an opportunity to experience several furniture options and select the most comfortable and functional.

New building interiors focus on the backyard theme Through the eyes of a child

An abstract sculpture of a hanging tree will be a key interior design feature in the main lobby of the new building.

Colorful, engaging spaces and child-friendly art installations are woven throughout the fabric of Akron Children’s Hospital’s facilities. It’s an important part of the care we provide. Spaces that make kids feel relaxed and happy, even though they’re in the hospital, can actually help with recovery and ease pain.

Doing their part, by hanging hearts

After suspending a Christmas tree from a tower crane, and donating gifts to Akron Children’s patients during the holidays, Marge Zezulewicz, project architect manager for the new building under construction on the Akron campus, asked herself, “What’s next?”

Project Manager Paul Becks rallies his crews to accomplish great things

Paul Becks

Paul Becks admits he’s a demanding person. As Welty-Boldt’s field manager on Akron Children’s Hospital’s $200 million “Building on the Promise” expansion campaign, it’s a vital personality trait that helps him lead hundreds of crew members to keep the project on time and on budget.

Names of patients highlighted in Graffiti project


Akron Children’s Graffiti Project honors current and former patients on the new medical building currently under construction on the Akron campus. The names of 205 patients have been spray-painted on floors 3 through 7 of the concrete facades facing E. Exchange Street and Perkins Square Park. Below is the list of patients on the building. […]