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Cranes tower above the rest in jobsite safety

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When you’re building a 7-story medical tower, communications among construction crew members are vital, especially when you’re at the top of two tower cranes.

Akron Children’s goes green with LEED to build new medical tower

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When Akron Children’s new medical building opens in 2015, it will have a LEED for Healthcare Silver certification, reflecting the building’s environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient status.

From houses to hospitals, architect is living the dream

Norio helps lead a kaizen workshop to design Akron Children's new NICU using small scale models.

Norio Tsuchiya has dreamed of being an architect since he was in third grade and his best friend in Ecuador told him that some people design houses for a living. So in 1991 when the opportunity arose, he made the trek to the United States to pursue his passion.

Day in the Life: A union steward and laborer

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It’s a warm, fall morning and Cedric Sommerville begins his day a little after 7 a.m., putting out water for all of his crew members. He and his laborers have a busy day ahead of them. A concrete pour is scheduled for that afternoon and the wall panels and floor “tables” must be in place.

Team planning high-risk birth center has 182 collective years of OB experience

Stacy O'Brien brings NICU nursing expertise to the team.

Last month, Akron Children’s announced that it would dedicate a floor in its new building to high-risk deliveries – a milestone in the hospital’s 123-year history.

Going, Going, Gone (Video) Century building razed to make way for new critical care tower

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Workers from Ray Bertolini Trucking demolished the former Wally Waffle building at Locust and West Exchange streets March 2.

Parents weigh in on design of future NICU

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Moms who consider themselves “NICU grads” received a detailed look at how Akron Children’s new NICU is taking shape and weighed in on some remaining questions posed by the architects.

Putting the You in NICU

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Jordan and I attended the mock-up of Akron Children’s new neonatal intensive care unit. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. In fact I should have prepared ourselves for a longer stay with more snacks and distractions for the little man.

No kid wants surgery, but here’s to making the process the best it can be

Dr. Milo in kaizen to design outpatient surgery center

As Akron Children’s Hospital moves forward with its plans to build a $200 million critical care tower, teams continue to meet, brainstorm and test out architectural designs in a true-to-scale setting in weeklong Kaizens. Kaizen is a Lean term that refers to improving processes continually by making incremental changes.

Video: Child life specialists weigh in on Akron Children’s new critical care tower

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Our child life specialists play a critical role in helping to reduce stress and anxiety for children and families before, during and after medical procedures. It’s a perspective they’re sharing with the team planning and building the new $200-million critical care tower at Akron Children’s Hospital.