Dayton Children’s expansion to enhance hospital and region, officials say

By Tristan Navera – Dayton Business Journal

Dayton Children’s Hospital’s massive, $140 million expansion near downtown Dayton will provide a boost for the hospital, as well as the region, officials say.

The project — which includes a new eight-story 260,000-square-foot patient tower, a central utility plant and data center — will help take the hospital into the future, said Dayton Children’s CEO Debbie Feldman.

“This is a great milestone on our path to a vibrant, world-class pediatric care facility that will help us achieve our goals of improving the health of all children and remaining an independent children’s hospital well into the future,” Feldman said.

Nine months of planning determined the expansion was necessary, with nearly 70 percent of the hospital’s facilities 35 years old or older.

The project could break ground as early as 2014 and would be built right in the middle of the hospital’s footprint near downtown at 1 Children’s Plaza. Architectural firm FKP Architects will lead the development of the hospital’s long range plan. Completion would come in 2017.

Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, said the new expansion only means good things for the region’s economy.

“Dayton has always been blessed to have high-quality pediatric care, and this investment is only going to ensure that continues,” Bucklew said.

The new space also provides more opportunities for the hospital to bring new technology and practices to the region. It has a long-standing relationship with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s medical assets that could strengthen and mean more kinds of collaboration, Bucklew said.

The excitement also is apparent from John Danis, chairman and CEO of Danis Building Construction Co., which has been named the construction manager for the massive project.

Danis said the project will be completed in six phases and the company would be working through the pre-construction phase to ensure the project doesn’t disrupt the flow at the hospital.

“Construction in an active hospital without disrupting patient service and care is some of the most complex and challenging work in our industry,” Danis said in a release.

It’s the latest in a long line of hospital work for the construction company, which has previously helped to build the Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center, Springfield Regional Medical Center, Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center and Cedarville University’s health sciences facilities.

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