Inside Children's Blog akronchildrens.org

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

IMG_1583

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

Dining-SW

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

TJS_9777-Edit

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

cookies

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

TJS_1404

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

TJS_5767

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

TJS_5056

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?”