Located across the street from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the new Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Pediatric Specialty Center consolidates outpatient services in a flexible facility that emphasizes primary and preventative care for the Children’s Hospital. The five-level, 105,550 square foot facility includes a general pediatric clinic, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation clinic, and specialty clinics along with services such as labs, X-ray and immunization facilities, and physicians’ offices. Including over 86 examination rooms, 2 large therapy gymnasiums, 11 dialysis bays, 13 infusion bays, and a satellite pharmacy to service the children, the new Pediatric Specialty Center's on-site amenities will be able to improve the overall experience by providing a more spacious, child and family-friendly environment.
Some of the environmentally-friendly features include low-flow faucets, high-performance water heaters and boilers systems, as well as the use of natural light and motion sensors. Porous exterior pavement also allows rain water to pass through the concrete and seep into the ground, reducing the load on storm sewer drains. The project is seeking LEED certification from the USGBC.
Creating thousands of well-paying construction jobs, the project provided an excellent opportunity for smaller, local trades and minority businesses to participate and grow. Our team exceeded the 30% minority business participation goal and closed out the project at 41% participation. As part of the process, we held community outreach programs and two major events - explaining the importance of the program and providing updates and project specifics to local trades and subcontractors. Project notifications were also made to the local community through the news and our own pre-qualified contractor databases.
The Center complements the existing campus and sets the pace for sustainable design. Located off of Beaubien in Midtown, the facility relieves severe over-crowding at the Hospital and provides patients and their families with expansive clinic areas and a large surface parking lot — a major improvement over the Main Hospital’s aging parking deck. The first major project of the DMC’s Capital Building Program, and the first major expansion for the DMC central campus in nearly 30 years - the new Pediatric Specialty Center is a reflection of the health system’s commitment to build and grow in the City of Detroit. Fostering a culture of wellness in the community, the facility is expected to see over 60,000 patient visits each year and house 200 doctors and 235 employees.