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Projects • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Nashville, Tennessee

Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center created a 950,000 SF, 296 bed pediatric facility in a two phased long range strategic plan. Spanning 15 years between the two major construction phases, initial planning for Phase I began in the late 1990’s and culminated in completion of a new freestanding 780,000 SF pediatric facility in 2004. The new facility represented the most family-centered program in the country. It included nine floors with 16 ORs, three special procedures rooms, 36 pediatric ICU, 42 NICU, 108 med/surg patient beds, two cath labs, and one MRI. The project also included a new emergency department with ten trauma rooms and ten urgent care beds.

Success brings its own challenges, and planning began in the early 2010’s for additional bed capacity. Phase II was initiated to add 4 levels totaling another 220,000 SF, 76 beds, and two shell floors for additional beds in the future. Construction was complete in 2019 and successfully mitigated some of the most challenging phasing, weather protection and operational impact avoidance issues possible. The scope included new state of the art NICU/PICU spaces and as well relocation of the Life Flight helipad to the new roof.

For both project phases, SSR provided design and commissioning services for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. SSR as well provided comprehensive planning, design and specification of technology systems, including structured cabling, nurse call, code blue, personnel and asset tracking, public address, security and closed circuit television, telemedicine and video conferencing, patient surveillance, intercom, audio-video presentation, A/V, and cable television.


  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Project Completion

  • 2004 // 2019

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2022 ASHE Vista Award


Project Size

  • 950,000 SF