Dayton Children's Hospital Patient Tower

A revitalized campus delivering care and delight

Dayton Children's Hospital

Dayton Children's Hospital
Dayton, Ohio, United States
228,000 square feet
Completed 2017

Faced with aging facilities and piecemeal campus growth, Dayton Children’s Hospital set out to reimagine care in its community. Working in collaboration with the hospital, we created a comprehensive, multi-phased plan called Destination 2020 to serve children across the region following a “right care, right now, right here” philosophy. Phase one created a new patient tower to start the renewal of the main campus. The eight-story bed tower, completed in June 2017, holds a comprehensive cancer and blood disorders center, a critical care complex, a 34-bed Level II regional NICU and 130 inpatient beds.

The hospital tower includes a rooftop garden for patient and visitors to enjoy along. Skylights provide a view to the atrium below and a flight-themed mosaic provides ample space for kids to play. To safeguard the delicate immune systems of the cancer patients, the hematology and oncology floor has access to an adjacent outdoor rooftop play space that is protected from common areas.

Replacing worry with joy is the prime directive of every children’s hospital environment. The lobby and two-story atrium themed around Dayton’s historical aviation innovations greets visitors with an abundance of natural light, bright colors, and areas to relax. As patients enter the lobby, the large-scale play structure and hanging mobiles create awe and excitement; as visitors explore the hospital, hidden floor inlays of insects and birds create delight for children of all ages.  

Dayton Children's Hospital
Dayton Children's Hospital

A growing partnership

Carrying the success of its inpatient experiences to an outpatient setting, we’re currently working with Dayton Children’s Hospital to create a new, five-story specialty care outpatient center projected to open in 2023 at the hospital’s main campus, The new space will provide the conveniences families are seeking in an outpatient setting—nearby parking, imaging and pharmacy services just steps away from clinics, as well as fully integrated orthopedic and sports medicine services. The design of this new facility will also enable the holistic, multidisciplinary care required to improve health outcomes and enable the flexibility and efficiencies needed to reduce appointment wait times and improve access to specialty care, whether in person or virtual.