South Wing Addition to Arkansas Children's Hospital
by Mark Friedman on Monday, May. 28, 2012 12:00 am
On June 13, Arkansas Children’s Hospital of Little Rock is scheduled to unveil its largest construction project in its 100 year history — a 258,000-SF, $121 million South Wing.
The four-story addition connects to the existing hospital and will offer a nearly 30,000-SF emergency department, an outpatient clinic for patients with cancer and blood diseases and an expanded neonatal intensive care unit.
“It’s a 21st-century children’s hospital,” David Berry, chief operating officer of ACH, said last week.
The original construction value was $85 million, but the general contractor, Nabholz Construction Corp. of Conway, and the architects, Cromwell Architects Engineers of Little Rock, were able to trim building costs to $75 million, Berry said. The bulk of the balance was spent on furnishing the addition.Construction started in September 2008, just as the economy was starting to tank. The project came at the right time for Nabholz.