Upstate News

April 9, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Architect selected to design children’s hospital project

Karlsberger Companies, a nationally recognized healthcare planning and design firm that specializes in the development of children’s healthcare spaces, has been selected as the architect for University Hospital’s $99 million vertical expansion project, including the Central New York Children’s Hospital at University Hospital. King and King Associates of Manlius, N.Y., will serve as associate architect.

“Healthcare delivery is a complex business and the design of facilities is critical in supporting the quality of care delivered,” said Gregory C. Mare, AIA, Karlsberger’s principal-in-charge. “Our design and development work will address all the issues that are keenly important to University Hospital: family-centered environments for adults and children, contemporary educational space for the next generation of healthcare professionals; and better efficiencies for the hospital.”

University Hospital Executive Director Ben Moore noted that the selection of Karlsberger Companies provides University Hospital with an architectural firm that has a rich history in the area of healthcare design, with a special interest in family-friendly environments.

“Karlsberger Companies comes to us with a portfolio of some impressive projects that stand as excellent examples to sound healthcare planning and design,” Moore said.

Current Karlsberger projects include a major expansion and renovation project for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; the implementation of an $85 million master plan for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; designing a 271-bed total replacement hospital for All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.; a 169-bed, total replacement hospital for the Children’s Hospital of Austin, Texas; St. Ann’s Women’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; and Kings Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, Kent.  Karlsberger has worked with 10 of the top 25 children’s hospitals as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

The Central New York Children’s Hospital, which will be housed on the top two floors of the six-story vertical expansion, will feature 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining areas as well as playrooms and a family resource center, among other amenities. The addition will increase the amount of space dedicated to pediatric medicine at University Hospital from 18,000 square feet to 87,000.

In addition to the children’s hospital, the vertical expansion will include floors dedicated to cardiovascular, neurology and oncology. They will include 46 private patient rooms with private baths and space to accommodate an overnight stay by a family member. Some special care areas, such as the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, will feature anterooms to guard against infection. One floor will be used to house the heating, ventilating and air cooling systems.

Construction costs are estimated at $92 million. After adjustments for inflation and interim interest expense, the total costs are expected to be $99.8 million upon completion of the project. University Hospital received the authority to finance the construction through bonding earlier this year when Gov. Pataki and the legislature approved bonding legislation.

Funds for the children’s hospital are being raised through a community-wide fundraising campaign. Officials have raised $7.5 million toward the $15 million campaign goal.

Karlsberger Companies, which has been in business for 75 years, is based in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in New York, N.Y.; Birmingham, Ala.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

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