6th Floor South NICU Expansion

Utilized Lean

Completed 2 months earlier


Square Feet


Year of Completion




Akron, Ohio


Akron Children’s Hospital


Hasenstab Architects, Inc.

6th Floor South NICU Expansion

Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit Expansion and Renovation

Welty completed the expansion and renovation of Akron Children’s Hospital’s (ACH) main tower, 8th floor Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). This included renovating a model patient room on the 8th floor of the hospital, converting a current medical unit into a 15 bed BHU and turning (7) double occupancy rooms into private rooms. This project incorporated many LEAN Building concepts and focused heavily on processes. This project had three phases of construction and maintained operation through construction.

The project teams evaluated the flow of the patients, families, staff, medication, along with supply movement and analyzed ways to improve the processes.
Mock-ups were used to simulate layouts of patient arrival, visitor entry sequences, nurses stations, common areas, meeting and patient rooms. These mock-ups became a valuable tool for two main reasons. The team was able to think / re-design / visualize many different configurations of an area in order to determine the preferred layout. Many times the mock ups were re-configured before final decisions were made. The mock-ups also allowed staff members from ALL shifts, who were unable to attend the meetings, to experience the “spaces” and provide their input.

Weekly pull plan meetings allowed for a collaborative approach and included all those who were directly responsible for supervising work on the project.
Multi departmental / disciplinary meetings were held throughout every stage of the project. This benefited the project by having all of the decision makers in the same room. Ideas were reviewed, evaluated and resolved quickly, minimizing the overall project duration.



One of the things that’s very impressive about the Welty team from my perspective is the way they engage the men and women on the job and the meaningful work that goes on at Children’s Hospital. They tie the construction project to what we’re doing in care delivery. They are champions for children
Bill Considine
President & Chief Executive Officer

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