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Orlando Health Breaks Ground on New Children’s Pavilion

Designed by HOK, the Orlando Health Children’s Pavilion will transform pediatric care in Central Florida.

Construction is underway on the Orlando Health Children’s Pavilion following a recent groundbreaking. The new six-story outpatient care facility will house more than 30 pediatric specialties, including adolescent medicine, audiology, cardiology, general surgery, neurology, orthopedics and palliative care.

In placing so many pediatric specialties under one roof, Orlando Health Children’s Pavilion eliminates the need for children and families to shuffle to and from multiple offices to receive vital care. The building is strategically located adjacent to inpatient pediatric facility Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

“Designing for pediatric spaces and the multidisciplinary practices offered at the Orlando Health Children’s Pavilion requires specialized experience that parallels the specialization of its providers,” said Karen Freeman, HOK’s Pediatrics practice leader. “Our Pediatric Center of Expertise brings our clients design solutions rooted in the latest research and tested experience to optimize and anticipate the future of healing.”

As a strategic series of modular clinics, the Orlando Health Children’s Pavilion balances the technical and operational needs of multiple specialties with an empathetic approach focused on the patient experience. For example, infusion centers, which tend to have longer patient durations than other care services, are situated along the perimeter of the building to provide patients and families views and natural light. Throughout the facility, adjoining clinics promote physician collaboration and seamless movement while allowing for flexibility to accommodate short- and long-term changes and shifting demands.

“Designing pediatric facilities means designing for families. We’ve designed a space that understands the needs of a larger family unit as well as a spectrum of patients from infant into early adulthood,” said Mitch Collin, HOK’s firmwide director of Healthcare. “This building is an ecosystem of expert physicians, nurses, caregivers, technology and resources. It is also intuitive, compassionate and sensitive to the imagination, anxieties, senses and behaviors of children and their families.”

The 189,000-sq.-ft. Orlando Health Children’s Pavilion is scheduled to open in 2026. The project includes an 800-space parking structure and planning that would allow for future expansion.

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