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Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center
Troy, MI
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
An element of fun.
A children’s hospital inspired by building blocks.
Big impact for Michigan’s smallest patients.
For children of all ages, a visit to the hospital can carry negative connotations. In our recent year partnership with the Children's Hospital of Michigan, we envisioned a new kind of hospital—one that would create a new experience for young patients and their families. Welcoming, soothing, playful—even fun!—the resulting design challenges outdated hospital stereotypes and advances patient care.

To inform our approach, we implements an Integrate Facility Design (IFD) process. A full-scale cardboard mockup was created to vet every aspect of the design, from the size of the rooms to the number of steps required to perform a task. We invited healthcare providers, hospital staff, patients, families and community members to review the mockup and provide input. Physicians, nurses and support staff also participated in intensive, daylong design sessions dedicated to improving performance and elevating healthcare delivery practices.

This collaborative approach is evidence in every facet of the design. Emulating a colorful tumble of children's building blocks, the glazed-brick exterior extends a playful invitation to patients and families. Inside, a bright, carefully-considered interior simplifies wayfinding, minimizes wait time and maximizes every square foot of space.

The completed facility impacts every element of patient care changing the ways surgeries are performed, minimizing programmatic waste, decreasing no-shows and lead times across the boards, and improving the lives of thousands of Michigan's youngest patients.
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This is a very impressive achievement. It's truly a showpiece--a landmark that not only creates a sense of place, but that will improve the lives of thousands of children. The entire team has been phenomenal to work with, and we appreciate it very much.”
Ronald R. Henry, AIA, NCARB
Former Chief of Facility Engineering and Senior Vice President
Detroit Medical Center
Project Data
Children's Hospital of Michigan 2013-10093-000
Detroit Medical Center
Troy, MI
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Architecture (Full Service), Structural Engineering, Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering
RSF/GSF
64,500
CONSTRUCTION COST
$21.0 Million
Project Team
  • Peyman Ramin
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering
  • Thomas Platz
    RA, LEED GA
    Associate Principal
    Project Management
  • Kshipra Rele
    RA, LEED AP, EDAC
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design
  • Kirk Pesta
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Mechanical Engineering Leader
  • David Jaeger
    AIA, LEED AP, EDAC
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Lauren Roller
    PE
    Associate
    Structural Engineering
  • Jessi Mesalic
    NCIDQ
    Associate
    Interior Architecture
  • Andrea Paupert
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Christopher George
    Associate
    Architecture + Design
  • Brandon Watts
    Mechanical Engineering
  • John Clay
    PE, LEED AP
    Associate
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Daniel Beney
    PE, LEED AP, EDAC
    Associate Principal
    Center of Excellence
  • Jim Corsiglia
    PE, SE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Structural Engineering Leader
  • Stephen Milz
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering
A children’s hospital inspired by building blocks.
Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center
Troy, MI
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
An element of fun.