Building Today to Fulfill Our Promise of Tomorrow
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has begun work on preliminary projects to pave the way for replacement operating rooms in a new pediatric surgical tower to be located at the center of campus and away from the hospital perimeter and neighborhood.
Why the New Tower?
The five-story tower will enable the hospital to construct new state-of-the-art operating suites to replace existing operating rooms that are now 35 years old and lack the size and ceiling height necessary to accommodate the latest equipment and surgical teams. The new structure will also offer spacious and private pre- and post-surgical care spaces for the children and families we serve.
Here’s What’s Happening Now: New Helistop Pad
The first project to prepare for the tower construction involves the relocation of the hospital’s helistop pad to the roof of the six-story Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion bed tower, which was previously approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and in partnership with our neighbors. The new pad is expected to reduce sound associated with the arrival (and subsequent departure) of helicopters bringing trauma patients and critically ill transfer patients to the hospital for life-saving care. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2022 and the new helipad is expected to be completed in August 2022.
- The construction site is at the center of the campus, minimizing disruption in the surrounding neighborhood.
- Supplies and construction materials will be kept off campus and only brought into the hospital as needed.
- Supplies and equipment will be brought to the site through the established 62nd Avenue route.
- We will communicate with the neighborhood in advance if there are special circumstances that arise during construction that impact our neighbors.