Children's Hospital New Orleans

, LCMC Health

New Orleans, LA

Exterior day with helicopter
Outdoor garden
Waiting Room
Patient care
Patient room
Waiting room
Exterior dusk

After a decade in the making, the Children's Hospital of New Orleans partnered with EYP to help realize a vision of transforming the state's go-to children's facility into a fully modernized comprehensive pediatric health campus. This phased renovation and addition will increase the hospital's footprint by over 235,000 square feet.

So, how do you modernize Louisiana's largest freestanding pediatric hospital while maintaining its critical operations? With lots of creativity and coordination.

Like a well-played chess match, EYP developed a clear and rigorous 34-phase plan to keep the Children's Hospital of New Orleans in continuous operation. The approach required innovative scheduling, a heightened focus on safety, progressive wayfinding, and extensive communication with the hospital, contractor, and community.

As you drive through the local neighborhoods and New Orleans's historic district, you're greeted by CHONLA's newly renovated front entrance. After parking and crossing the glass-enclosed sky bridge, families can enjoy the two-story Lauricella Pavilion. CHNOLA's new "living room," the Pavilion is designed to welcome patients by offering interactive game stations and even noise-reducing acoustics to comfort those with special needs. The two-story lobby has become a family room for the community. The colorful lights, digital signage, artwork, and activities energize the staff, patients, families, and city. Reducing anxiety and encouraging creativity, the Pavilion sets the stage for young patients' healing and well-being.

And what's next for CHNOLA? A four-story tower that will expand their multi-specialty programs and services, supporting their mission to "shape a healthier, happier future for kids."

Energy Usage

188 kBtu/ft2⸱yr

Energy Use Intensity

22 %

Below the AIA 2030 Baseline

Building Facts

  • 238 Beds
  • 34 Distinct Construction Phases
  • 7-Year Modernization/Construction Project without Disrupting Everyday Operations
  • 400,000 SF Expansion and Modernization
  • Master Planning, Programming, Architecture, Interior Design, Environmental Graphic Design, and Furniture Selection
  • New Pavilion, Systems, and Clinical and Practice Spaces

We are energized every day by different aspects of the project, from the progress of the construction, the excitement of the Users, and the smiles from the patients.

Jennifer Wilkinson Project Architect, Construction Administration

Through the Eyes of a Child

Powered by imagination - experience Children's Hospital New Orleans through the eyes of a child.

Striking the Right Chord

New Orleans' rich culture of music inspires comforting design choices for Children's Hospital New Orleans

The Value of Modernization

A 34-phase modernization approach saved Children's Hospital New Orleans $250M and brought their facility to current standards without building new.

Understanding What's Important

Lighter and brighter – the modernization of Children's Hospital New Orleans brings multifunctional, flexible space for clinicians and children alike to give and receive the best medical care possible.

Weaving Together History, Health, and Wellness

Watch to see how design knits nature into the overall healthcare experience at Children's Hospital New Orleans.