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How a 60-year-old hospital saved $250 million on its renovation

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Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNOLA) had an aging problem. The largest pediatric health services provider in Louisiana, it was operating out of a building constructed in 1955 and having trouble keeping up with the latest practices and technologies in healthcare. So in 2015 the hospital set out to bring itself up to date. What followed was a remarkable and complex $300 million renovation and expansion that, according to its designers, was about $250 million cheaper than it could have been.

David Deis is project director for the architecture firm EYP, which started working with the hospital in 2015. Back then, there were three options on the table: build an entirely new hospital, keep the existing hospital and add a new tower, or renovate.

Children’s Hospital New Orleans before its renovation and expansion [Image: courtesy EYP]The first option proved far too expensive. The second, though only half the cost of building from scratch, was still expensive, opposed by neighbors, and didn’t solve the issue of the existing facilities being outdated. So the hospital decided to........

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