Design is in the Details

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Critical Care Building

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Cincinnati, OH | 745,000 SF

A 745,000 SF Pediatric Critical Care Building succeeds by getting thousands of elements just right

Throughout our 30-year history together, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and GBBN have continued to surface unique solutions that positively impact pediatric health and family well-being, propel medical research, and support care teams to do their best work. They know, as we do, that success is built on coordinating and executing thousands of details.

Entry Kaleidoscope motifs can be found throughout the Critical Care Building, including color shifting installations in Emergency Registration.
Elevator Lighting and color strategies in the building's elevator lobbies aid wayfinding and provide positive distraction.

...success is built on coordinating and executing thousands of details.

From planning and workshopping small moments, to adopting innovative processes, to the chess game of moving physical spaces, we are an agile and flexible design partner as Cincinnati Children’s grows and treats the nation’s (and often the world’s) sickest children.

Desk The 56-bed Newborn Intensive Care Unit is one of four specialty units housed on the building's upper floors. Other specialty units in the building include Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

GBBN partnered with ZGF Architects (Design Architect/Architect of Record) on the Critical Care Building. The project adds 225 beds, an expanded emergency department, specialized operating rooms, flexible behavioral and medical treatment spaces, a larger pharmacy, consolidated lab space, a rooftop heliport, enhanced clinical workspace, and outdoor gardens and terraces for families and staff. This expansion connects seamlessly to Cincinnati Children’s existing inpatient critical care facilities and increases their capabilities to provide world class pediatric care.

Pediatric The design team and stakeholders tested a variety of department and room configurations. Every space maximizes daylight and views.
Daylight permeates corridors and patient rooms

Of the thousands of details upon which their new Critical Care Building is built, many began their evolution in different projects throughout GBBN’s longstanding partnership with Cincinnati Children’s. As a result, we’ve helped them advance how they diagnose and treat patients in their new Critical Care Building, the biggest project they’ve ever undertaken.

One of several landscaped roof terraces that provide access to the outdoors
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