MILWAUKEE, WI – The signs are up, the art is hung, and the ribbon has been cut to mark the opening today of the 12-story, 425,000 sf patient tower tower expansion for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Children’s CFO Tim Birkenstock calls the new tower “an essential step needed to keep pace with our patient service demands” for one of the country’s busiest pediatric medical centers, with more than 25,000 inpatient admissions each year.
The new facility, which began construction in 2005, features a larger pediatric intensive care unit and an expanded Herma Heart Center, as well as patient rooms integrated with the latest medical technologies. Responding to the important role of parents in a child’s care, the hospital provides space for families in each of its 216 single-patient rooms.
The tower was designed not only for children, but by them: the art on the walls is the work of middle- and high-school students and commissioned for the building. The works complement the lively terrazzo floors, each level individually themed with sea creatures, forest leaves, and birds.
Shepley Bulfinch was the design architect, in association with Zimmerman Design Group. Three years earlier, Shepley completed the Corporate Center on the Children’s campus. Elsewhere in the city, construction is underway on another Shepley project, Marquette Law School’s Eckstein Hall.