Nemours Children’s Hospital

, Nemours Children’s Health System

Orlando, FL

exterior view across lake
building lobby
reception desk
patient room
cooking seminar room
public exterior spaces
exterior view at dusk

Pediatric healthcare in Central Florida has been transformed by a new facility that aligns outpatient and inpatient care, and features the area's only emergency department designed especially for children. The sleek, award-winning design showcases the uniquely family-focused program, as well as technology and building features.

Ambulatory and acute care spaces for medical specialties are housed in adjacent wings of the same floor and share waiting spaces. Whether hospitalized or visiting a clinic, children see the same physicians and clinical staff. Familiar faces and continuity of care reassure both patients and parents.  

Private patient rooms provide home-like overnight accommodations for parents. Elevator lobbies include laundry facilities and a concierge station. Family lounges, playrooms, rooftop terraces, interactive water features, a discovery garden, and an outdoor stage contribute to a vibrant healing environment. The program also supports research and education activities.

In the Teaching Kitchen children take the lead in learning how to cook recipes that are not only healthy but also tasty, affordable, and simple to prepare. The Kitchen is making an impact well beyond the lives of those enrolled in its healthy cooking classes. The space is also an educational resource for the community, supporting public events like the American Heart Association’s Heart Health Day and providing educational outreach on living with chronic diseases like diabetes. In addition, a new partnership with the University of Central Florida Medical School has created a rotation in Culinary Medicine for doctors in the Pediatric Residency program.

One of only three children’s hospitals in the United States to achieve LEED Gold certification, Nemours continues to implement aggressive green strategies in its day-to-day operations. By using less energy and water, the hospital can save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, staff, and the community. The project uses 22% less energy than the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline.

This project was delivered in collaboration with Perkins+Will, Associate Architect.

Building Facts

  • 630,000 GSF
  • 95 beds
  • Teaching Kitchen
  • 60-acre site
  • Environmental Graphic Design
  • LEED Gold certified

We are extremely proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in sustainability and green building... we can now spend less money on energy and more on our first priority: patient care.

Roger Oxendale CEO, Nemours Children's Hospital