Children's Hospital of New Orleans

, LCMC Health

New Orleans, LA

Main entrance exterior
Full exterior rendering
Connector for Parking Garage and Hospital
Registration desk
Waiting area
Atrium
Patient room

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."

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