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Groundbreaking to be held Friday for new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

Rendering of new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
Rendering of new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

IOWA CITY – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday, June 21st for the UI Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

The new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital will be designed as a healing environment that improves the health and well-being of children and their families, the organization said in a news release.

“Our goal is to help families be safe and healthy at home, in school, and in the community.”

Plans include expanding existing programs and developing new services on-site and throughout Iowa to meet the current and future needs of Iowa’s children. The guiding principle of the UI Children’s Hospital project is to create a system of care for Iowa’s children—bringing together services and resources as part of a comprehensive network.

Project Details

Construction begins: Fall 2012
Target completion: March 2016
Cost: Approximately $292 million – funded through bonds, patient revenue, and private gifts. No tax dollars being used.
Location: South of, and connected to, the existing hospital
Size: 480,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space
Number of floors: Approximately 14 floors (12 above ground, 2 below ground)

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