Children’s Hospital North Expansion Changes OK’d
City Council has approved several amendments to Children’s Hospital Colorado’s North Campus expansion plans in Broomfield.
The North Campus, which opened in 2008, will broaden its services to include emergency and urgent care, in-patient and observation care, sleep studies, operating room services, specialty clinics, an imaging center and a diagnostic unit. Renovations include adding nearly 190,000 square feet of space to the campus.
Changes to plans included grading, landscaping and building elevations. At Tuesday night’s council meeting hospital officials also requested and were granted variances to reduce parking and an increase in signs.
Representatives from the hospital made it clear the three temporary wall-mounted banner signs, which they want to keep up for 24 months instead of the allowed 30 days, will not be for advertising, but to direct parking-lot traffic.
Meanwhile crews, that broke ground in June, are on site preparing the grounds for construction.
“We are moving ahead,” said Suzy Jaeger, senior vice president of Children’s Hospital. “I was there on site this morning and saw a lot of equipment and machinery moving a lot of dirt. Nurses are saying the kids are really enjoying seeing all the construction outside their rooms.”
Once complete, the new buildings and existing facility will be four times the size of the current space, hospital officials said, and the expansion will allow for the addition of an emergency department.
Jaeger said the hospital is on track to open the additional space in late fall 2019.
Hospital officials are working with their communications team to explain impact to families. They expect to remain fully functioning, for all services, for the duration of construction.
Dan Coxall, vice president of support services, told council the phasing of construction is planned so there is minimal disruption to services.
More complicated work, such as connecting the new building to the existing, is expected to begin closer to the end of the year.
The addition will enable the North Campus, at 469 W. Colo. 7, to offer a dual track model, which was developed and has been used at the South Campus in Highlands Ranch for several years, and will allow clinical team members to triage patients into the care they need.
This will help patient families avoid paying more than they need to, and save parents from having to alone make the decisions on what degree of care their child needs , hospital spokeswoman Melissa Vizcarra said.
The hospital serves surrounding communities including Broomfield, Weld, Larimer, Morgan, Adams and Boulder counties.
“I’m pleased this is located within Broomfield,” Ward 4 Councilman Kevin Kreeger said. “I think it’s a great asset for our community.”
Since this area is an entry point into the county, he wondered if the hospital could include more landscaping in key areas.
“That would make this a better and more visually attractive gateway,” he said.
Mayor Pro Tem Bette Erickson also supported the changes.
“If Planning and Zoning signed off on it 6 to 0, that’s a good sign and a good indicator for me,” she said. “Your good reputation proceeds you. Thank you for your continued contribution to Broomfield.”
Carol Wood: 303-473-1362, firstname.lastname@example.org