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Wolfson Children's Hospital Expands

Here is a sneak peak at Downtown's latest highrise project, the Wolfson Children's Hospital / Adult Tower.

Published June 26, 2008 in Development      22 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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About the Wolfson Children's Hospital Adult Tower:

Size: 350,000 square feet

Height: 12 stories / 195'-7"

Floors 1-6: Children's Hospital

Floors 7-11: Adult Hospital

Penthouse: Elevator Service and Mechanical Rooms

Architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears Architecture & Interiors - Atlanta, Georgia











Construction on this project is anticipated to be completed in 2010.








22 Comments

Jason

June 26, 2008, 10:23:58 AM
I really like the proposal.  That area is turning into one serious medical district.

Just imagine if the skyway would have connected it to the rest of downtown versus running east down Riverplace.

thelakelander

June 26, 2008, 10:33:28 AM
Just imagine if the skyway would have connected it to the rest of downtown versus running east down Riverplace.

It would attract more riders.  Its one of the reasons we've lobbied for JTA's Southbank BRT plan to take another path, as opposed to paralleling the Skyway.  We're getting ready to spend millions more and we're not even hitting areas (like Baptist Medical) that could be better served.  Instead, we're duplicating the skyway with a system that will compete with it for riders.

Charleston native

June 26, 2008, 12:13:01 PM
Beautiful expansion. Whoever is in the planning department has done a lot of great work in developing and growing the hospital. Maybe they need an assistant?  ;)

Jason

June 26, 2008, 01:49:12 PM
Have you sent your resume yet?  ;)

Charleston native

June 26, 2008, 02:06:05 PM
I have! I didn't see a position like that in their job search website. I wish they had one!  ;D

RiversideGator

June 26, 2008, 04:08:01 PM
What are they tearing down to make way for the new structure?

thelakelander

June 26, 2008, 07:14:51 PM
One of the original hospital's six story wings.

thelakelander

August 20, 2008, 08:42:18 AM
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New tower to serve Baptist, Wolfson

A new tower is coming to Jacksonville's skyline.  An 11-story building will house additions to Baptist Health's downtown hospital and Wolfson Children's Hospital. Both facilities are owned by Baptist Health and sit next to each other off Prudential Drive.

"If we had available land, we'd build two buildings," said Larry Freeman, Wolfson's administrator.

Instead, the two-in-one tower will rise on a spit of land wedged between the existing hospital complex and Interstate 95. The building, due for completion in early 2011, represents a major expansion of the city's only children's hospital and an upgrade of the downtown hospital, said Hugh Greene, Baptist Health's CEO and president.

full article: http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/082008/bus_320677872.shtml

Captain Zissou

August 20, 2008, 09:08:01 AM
Wolfson Children's Hospital Expands

Here is a sneak peak at Downtown's latest highrise project, the Wolfson Children's Hospital / Adult Tower.

Full Article
http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/829

Pretty sad that this gets high rise status in Jacksonville.  I will be a nice addition to the area.

thelakelander

August 20, 2008, 09:14:17 AM
Beggars can't be choosy.  Under normal circumstances, these guys would have purchased an old cow pasture and constructed a new low rise complex, surrounded by asphalt surface parking.

Jason

August 20, 2008, 11:01:26 AM
Exactly.  I love that Baptist is making the most of the land they have.

I've said it before, the skyway should have taken a right from the Acosta versus a left... better yet, a complete loop.

RiversideGator

August 20, 2008, 12:54:50 PM
You dont need highrises to have urban density and vibrancy.  Look at European cities which have few skyscrapers yet have densities and activity in their cores which we only dream of.  So, I think it is good that Baptist is making this commitment to expand downtown and to densify their operations.

thelakelander

October 28, 2008, 12:12:08 PM
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• Baptist Health will break ground Thursday on its new 11-story patient building at the Downtown campus. The 300,000-square-foot building will serve the patients of the Baptist Medical Center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/citynotes.php

Jason

October 28, 2008, 04:35:47 PM
Bring it on!

Jason

January 05, 2009, 12:46:19 PM
One thing I noticed is that the view of the "old" Wolfson's hospital will be blocked along I95.  Although, this should be a nice looking addition.

thelakelander

January 29, 2009, 08:52:34 PM
This project has been delayed indefinitely.

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Pinning their troubles to the same economic forces plaguing the health-care industry nationwide, one Jacksonville hospital is delaying a skyline-altering construction project and two more are putting some equipment purchases on hold.

Baptist Health had planned to get an 11-story tower project off the ground this quarter on the shared campus of its 579-bed downtown medical center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. But a bone-dry lending market has postponed the $200 million expansion indefinitely, said Hugh Greene, Baptist Health’s CEO and president.

He isn’t alone. Hospital executives across the country are postponing projects big and small, blaming the credit crunch, investments gone bad and a squeeze on cash flow triggered by patients delaying nonessential treatments.

full article: http://www.jacksonville.com/business/2009-01-29/story/area_hospitals_scaling_back_on_capital_projects

reednavy

January 29, 2009, 09:52:27 PM
Well that sucks, but not totally shocked.

ProjectMaximus

January 29, 2009, 09:57:10 PM
noooo!

Jason

January 30, 2009, 09:56:03 AM
That really sucks.  I wonder how much of the total constructions costs needed to be financed?  I would have thought Baptist/Wolfson's would have deep enough pockets to just build it without bring in the lenders.

Captain Zissou

January 30, 2009, 02:33:30 PM
Man, that is some stink right there.

Jason

February 02, 2009, 08:27:58 AM
Let's hope that they find a way to make it happen.  There is quite a few jobs that will be created through construction and then occupation.
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