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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is located at 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803; visit their website. See the case studies from FKP / CannonDesign; RAS; Corian; Metalwerks; and Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) Products.

Read the September 18, 2014 Nemours Celebrates Newly Expanded Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Media Release by Chris Manning and the May 30, 2014 FIRST LOOK: Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Expansion by Jennifer Silvis in healthcare design.

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Located in Wilmington, Delaware, Nemours/duPont hospital has undergone a series of expansions since its founding in the 1940s. The new $256 million Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was designed by families, for families and features all single-patient rooms, an expanded emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit, the soaring 5-story Anthony N. Fusco, Sr, Atrium, the state of the art Discovery Zone presented by DuPont, and the rooftop healing garden.

Construction began on the 450,000 square foot expansion in August 2011 and was completed on September 18, 2014; patients began occupying the space in November 2014.

Spending time surrounded by natural beauty is an important part of healing the body, mind and spirit. The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Healing Garden provides a beautiful, quiet space away from the intensity of the patient-care environment. The garden, located by the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the second floor, has a water feature, walking path, sculptures, seating, shade trees and native plants, a mosaic wall and decorative stone paving. Open 24 hours every day, the garden is available for use by everyone. There are two entries for PICU patients to enter by using the PICU Solarium. Food, drinks and smoking are not permitted. (Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Patient & Visitor Guide)

Key Facts:

The design emphasizes light and natural elements to improve healing. This includes the soaring 5 story Anthony N. Fusco Sr. Atrium and the rooftop healing garden.
The Discovery Zone presented by DuPont is an interactive wall that uses the latest technology to create a living garden, complete with changing seasons and weather patterns.
Construction by the numbers:
# of micropiles drilled into the bedrock to support the expansion = 1,003.
Tons of rock and other material excavated from the site = 113,000.
Tons of structural steel included in the project = 2,534.
Capacity of underground cisterns to control rainwater runoff = 220,000 gallons.

The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is the recipient of the 2015 Award of Merit, Healthcare Design and the 2015 Best Project
Engineering-News Record, Mid-Atlantic.

The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children shares a campus with Nemours Estate (formerly Nemours Mansion & Gardens), the historic estate of Alfred I. duPont (1864-1935). Open to the public since 1977, the Estate welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds for self-guided and guided tours, and is working to position itself as a place for nature-based healing and wellness, especially to benefit patients, families and providers from the neighboring children’s hospital. Dating back to 1909, the Estate includes the 77-room, 47,000-square foot Nemours Mansion; the largest French-inspired formal gardens in North America; and nearly 200 acres of lawns, woodlands, meadows and ponds.


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