Heery has been working with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) for over 50 years and has completed over three million square feet in projects. With such a longstanding relationship, Heery was chosen to design an enhanced healthcare facility at the UIHC’s Children’s Hospital for patients and their families. The new pediatric health “Center of Excellence” further develops a statewide, Iowa-specific children’s system of care by creating a state-of-the-art children’s hospital and incorporating sophisticated health information technology. The new 14-story inpatient care facility, with two levels below ground and 12 above offers 189 beds, an increase from the 164 beds in the former Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital tower is built immediately south of Hospital Ramp II, which stands across Hawkins Drive from Kinnick Stadium. Another 55 pediatric beds continue to function in UIHC’s existing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is physically linked to 28 additional NICU beds in the new Children’s Hospital.
The Design includes eight room operating suites, expanded pediatric specialty clinics, dentistry and dialysis facilities, patient and family dining, a patient theater among other amenities. Designed into the hospital is the use of colors and image icons as part of the way to find each floor, so a child would know their room is in the area. The new Children’s Hospital is designed for LEED Gold certification, utilizing systems and materials that not only meet energy efficiency goals, but are also appropriate to, and harmonious with, the architectural context of the UIHC.
Heery envisioned new angles to achieve the client's program goals. The Hospital is designed as a healing environment that improves the health and well-being of children and their families and will accommodate the projected growth in the number of patients, surgeries, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and imaging and laboratory analyses, as well as meeting increased space requirements for teaching and clinical research. The Hospital was also designed in conjunction with community pediatricians and family practitioners to develop a partnership between community-based providers and UI Children’s Hospital.