COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently released architectural renderings for two new facilities near its downtown campus to accommodate growth in patient services. Both new buildings will help to decompress faculty offices and current outpatient clinics which have outgrown their available space on the hospital’s campus. Moving selected ambulatory services away from the inpatient hospital will allow them to expand, as well as accommodate growth by other hospital programs in the spaces they vacate.
Construction is slated to begin on the Livingston Ambulatory Center by February 2015 on the northeast corner of East Livingston Avenue and South Grant Avenue. Plans call for this building to house ambulatory services such as primary care, dental services, behavioral health, dermatology, adolescent medicine, sports rehab, the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition and other rotating clinics. The Livingston Ambulatory Center will be six stories and 200,000 square feet, costing approximately $85 million. The new facility is expected to have more than 100,000 patient visits annually, and area businesses will benefit from increased exposure to families accessing the new ambulatory services facility.
Ground has already been broken for a Faculty Office Building on the southeast corner of Livingston Avenue and Parsons Avenue. This facility will house academic offices that will be relocated from the hospital’s main campus to accommodate growth in the medical staff. The hospital will be including a tunnel under Livingston Avenue from the hospital’s main campus to provide access to this new building, the current 1800-space employee parking garage, the Center for Family Safety and Healing and the Ronald McDonald House on the south side of Livingston. Also included will be retail space on a portion of the first floor but tenants are yet to be determined. This office building will also be six stories and about 150,000 square feet, costing approximately $45 million.