Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Hammes Healthcare provided the master facility plan and project management services for Nicklaus Children's Hospital's new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion. The six-story, 213,000-SF tower houses the hospital’s critical care offerings and provides an enhanced care environment and additional family-centered amenities. Of the hospital’s 309 beds, 189 are located in the new tower.


Miami, Florida


  • Master Planning
  • Project Management


  • Replacement Hospital


213,000 SF


Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital launched an ambitious plan for a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion that would relocate its three internationally recognized intensive care units—Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit—to a new state-of-the-art setting, enhancing the care environment.


Nicklaus envisioned a space with a “Glorious Place of Arrival” where patients and their families felt a sense of caring and ease of wayfinding from the minute they arrived on campus. The planning goals included:

  • Analyzing current square footage relative to the best use of available and future space
  • Maximizing operational flow for patients, staff and materials
  • Capitalizing on adjacencies of services
  • Integration of short and long-term strategies
  • Consideration of capital resources
  • Utilizing a practical approach to implementation and reuse strategies

In addition, Nicklaus wanted to convert critical care units to private bedrooms to provide more privacy and homelike comforts for critically ill children and their families.


Hammes Healthcare was engaged by Nicklaus to develop the master facility plan that would set the foundation for a new and renovated space that would accomplish its goals. After careful review of the market/volume assessment, facilities assessment, visioning sessions, flow mapping and operational assessments, Hammes provided Nicklaus Children’s with seven expansion scenarios that included preliminary project phasing, duration schedules and conceptual project budgets.

Hammes was later engaged by Nicklaus to provide all project management services necessary for the 212,000 SF, six-story Advanced Pediatric Care Patient Pavilion. Working with Nicklaus and their project team, the scope of services included overall project management, budget, schedule, selection of project team, construction administration, medical equipment coordination and occupancy/close-out. The project was delivered on-time and under budget with over $5 million in savings being redirected to the additional scope for the project and other capital needs.