Akron, Ohio


Design of all exterior elements for the Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower carries on the promise of superior healthcare to every child in need. The grounds were successfully adapted to accommodate construction and the design is inviting.

Akron Children’s Hospital Kay Jewelers Pavilion

Environmental Design Group provided surveying, civil engineering and landscape architecture services, leading the design effort for all elements exterior to the building. The design strategy was characterized by collaboration and was a departure from the traditional design-bid-build model.

Planning for this $200 million hospital expansion “Building on the Promise,” began in 2011. The Critical Care Tower was the centerpiece of the plan and included an amphitheater; arrival courts; dedicated entry for the emergency department, with drop off area; outdoor spaces for enjoyment and sculpture gardens. Crucial to the process was the input of hospital leaders, patient families, physicians, nurses, and clinical staff.

This project enabled the continued realization of the hospital’s mission to provide an overall superior patient experience by improving productivity and eliminating waste; to create space for sick children in need by accommodating an increased number of patients; and to offer an expert level of healthcare by maintaining facilities that attract nationally acclaimed physicians.