January 17, 2012 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Baltimore
The project is the centerpiece to Johns Hopkins Medicine's campus redevelopment.
The $750 million building features two connected 12-story towers. The hospital will open to patients in April 2012.
Together, the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center have 560 private patient rooms (355 adult and 205 pediatric), new emergency departments for adults and pediatric patients, 33 operating rooms, 42 radiology suites, 13 non-invasive treatment areas, and 16 gastrointestinal and pulmonary diagnostic and treatment areas. The facility also will house the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute.
The building's exterior façade features 275,000 square feet of curtain wall and 210,000 square feet of thin brick-faced precast panels.
Spencer Finch, the New York installation artist who designed the color palette, which features multiple shades of green and blue, drew his inspiration from French impressionist painter Claude Monet. The brush-stroked glass frit pattern, also developed by Finch, represents light reflecting off water. Finch's strokes were put into a computer model and ultimately etched on one layer of glass and sandblasted on another to convey the glass as more of a liquid than solid.
The hospital interconnects with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building and the Nelson/Harvey Building to form a campus. Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, led the project's design team. The hospital's interior features natural surfaces, natural light-filled rooms, and numerous sound-absorption materials.
Construction of the new hospital building began in October 2006. To maintain a focus on creating the most functional and technologically-advanced space, the Clark/Banks construction team built more than 100 off-site or in-place mock-ups to evaluate everything from the mechanical systems to medical equipment placement.
Throughout construction, Johns Hopkins Medicine's facilities personnel, medical staff, and administrators toured full-size room mock-ups and reviewed BIM models to evaluate functionality and provide usability feedback.
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