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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.

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.

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

The medical building lobby

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.

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.