Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, has opened the freestanding 60,000-square-foot Child Health Pavilion to provide a unique blend of services that address the health needs of children and, in many cases, the social determinants that lead to poor health.

“The path for many of our children is full of barriers that block them from reaching the goal of optimal health,” says Deborah Feldman, president of Dayton Children’s. “The unique and integrative program at the Child Health Pavilion is specifically designed for these children.”

Seeing it’s first patient in April, the clinic includes state-of-the-art clinical and aesthetic features targeted to benefit consumers within the region, including a comprehensive primary care medical home that includes behavioral health and specialty clinical services for vulnerable populations, as well as a dental clinic, on-site lab, imaging services, family resource center, food pharmacy, and teaching kitchen.

The project team, including Champlin Architecture (Dayton, Ohio) and Cannon Design (Chicago), helped Dayton Children’s create the consumer-friendly, primary care pediatrics environment near its main campus. “The challenge was to create functional, flexible space that could serve the community and the care providers yet be able to quickly adapt as the program evolves over time,” says David Glover, principal, Champlin Architecture, who led the architectural team on the project.

Inside the 60,000-square-foot clinic, three clusters of 20 exam rooms each were designed with a central, glass-enclosed core area that preserves privacy for phone calls and confidential conversations while maintaining visibility between staff and patients care areas.

Cannon Design collaborated with Dayton Children’s and Champlin to develop physician and employee work areas that are flexible to fit the day-by-day needs and work styles of employees. Features such as high-backed sofas that face each other to accommodate impromptu meetings, drop-in tele-meeting areas, and extensive use of modular furnishings that can be reconfigured as needed allow the space to adapt as Dayton Children’s service bundle evolves.

The Child Health Pavilion was built approximately one-quarter mile from the hospital on seven acres of land and is easy to access via surface streets and public transportation. The location, a former industrial brownfield site, was mitigated by excavation, well monitoring, and an underground and under-slab ventilation system approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. During and after construction, completed by Synergy & Mills Development (Beavercreek, Ohio), internal air quality was assessed, and all air samples were well below alert thresholds.

Project details:

Facility name: Dayton Children’s Hospital Child Health Pavilion

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Completion date: April 2019

Owner: Dayton Children’s Hospital

Total building area: 60,000 sq. ft.

Total project cost: $26 million

Total construction cost: $20.6 million

Architects: Champlin Architecture

Construction management: Synergy & Mills Development

Interior consultation for employee work areas: Cannon Design

Art direction: Distinctive Art Source

Interior graphics: Carpenter Design