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Posted on Wed, May 26, 2010 : 10:06 a.m.

New C.S. Mott Children's Hospital to open year ahead of schedule

By Tina Reed

The new University of Michigan children's and women's hospital is expected to open in November 2011, a year earlier than scheduled.

The $754 million U-M C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals complex is being constructed adjacent to the U-M hospital. It'd had initially been planned to open the summer of 2011, but had been delayed to the fall of 2012.


Exterior construction at the new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is shown in June 2009.

It is being built to replace the existing C.S. Mott Children's hospital and U-M women's hospital on the main U-M Health System campus.

In October 2008, the project was expanded from a $523 million project with room to expand within the facility to a $754 million project that would complete the building to accommodate increasing demand for medical services. At the time, it was announced the project would be delayed 15 months from its the completion date that was originally projected.

When completed, the complex will have 1.1 million square feet of space, including a nine-story tower for clinic space and a 12-story tower for inpatient care, diagnostic, procedural and treatment services.

The new hospital will have 348 beds, including general and critical care pediatric inpatient beds, 50 women's beds, and 32 adult bone marrow transplant beds. All beds will be in a single, private-room setting. The children’s hospital will have a dedicated pediatric emergency department with a helipad on top.

The children and women's hospital is expected to create 500 new jobs in addition to the more than 4,000 workers who will make the move to the new facility in the next year.

Groundbreaking for the hospital was in October 2006 above a former parking lot next to the medical center on East Medical Center Drive. No public money is being used for the project, but funding is coming from hospital operations, reserve funds and donors.

Tina Reed covers health and the environment for You can reach her at, call her at 734-623-2535 or find her on Twitter @TreedinAA.



Thu, Jun 10, 2010 : 2:51 p.m.

Thanks to those who have posted on this story and particularly to those who have inquired about the construction worker who passed away on the site last June. There are indeed plans to honor his life. They are too preliminary to share at this point but please know that he and his family are very much in our thoughts and will be remembered during the dedication. Margarita Bauza UMHS Public Relations

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Wed, May 26, 2010 : 8:13 p.m.

@actionjackson Let's not forget that one roofing contractor dies at this project when a load on a crane got loose.

5c0++ H4d13y

Wed, May 26, 2010 : 8:10 p.m.

I'll just be happy to have my motorcycle parking back from being the gate. Here's a some pictures of the cranes I took.


Wed, May 26, 2010 : 6:01 p.m.

actionjackson: Agreed, although let's not forget that a man lost his life in the building of this facility: I wonder if there will be a dedication of some sort in his honor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Tina Reed

Wed, May 26, 2010 : 2:34 p.m.

This story has been updated to reflect further information about the project's original timeline.


Wed, May 26, 2010 : 1:56 p.m.

A big thanks to all of the Building Trades. Many of the Local Union members are to be congratulated on a safe, productive, and professional job well done.


Wed, May 26, 2010 : 1:28 p.m.

The UM AEC (Architecture Engineering and Construction) website for the project lists the completion date as Spring 2011. On the bottom of the Project Overview page it says the page was last updated March 13, 2007. The project data page also lists Spring 2011 as the completion and it was last updated on March 9, 2006. Not sure where they came up with it being done a year early, but I do recall that a lot of work was added to the project (completing areas that were originally proposed to be built as "shell space" for future expansion). Perhaps that added work extended the estimated completion schedule by a year, but was ultimately finished sooner than anticipated. Regardless, time sure flies. I remember buying on of Lloyd Carr's yellow fund-raising bracelets before construction started and it seems like only months ago.


Wed, May 26, 2010 : 11:29 a.m.

Robert M.: The announcement of the opening date was made this morning by Pat Warner (Executive Director of C.S. Mott Childrens and Von Voigtlander Womens Hospitals) and Loree Collett (Operational Planning Lead of the Childrens and Womens Building Project).