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UI Children's Hospital rising above Kinnick Stadium

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IOWA CITY — The new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City is slowly taking over a horizon once dominated by the main hospital and Kinnick Stadium on the west side of the Iowa River.

“The ninth floor is already higher than the press box, and by the end of November the building should be topped out and enclosed by 2015,” said Scott Turner, executive director of the UI Children’s Hospital.

Eventually the building will be twelve stories tall, much higher than any building in the area. The $292 million project is due for completion by mid-2016.

“The children that will be patients here will have a great view,” said Jay Goodin, project manager for the UI Children’s Hospital project. “They’ll have lots of access to light.”

In all the hospital will stand 164 feet above ground, Goodin said. Football fans will be able to watch progress on the building throughout the Hawkeye football season.

“We’re completing about a floor a month,” said Goodin. “It’s pretty special knowing what this project is and what it will mean to the kids of Iowa and the families of Iowa.”

The building will have room for eight operating rooms, dozens of private pre- and post-recovery rooms, imaging center and a pharmacy, Turner said. In addition will be room for amenities such as a theater.

“It’s about elevating our level of care,” said Turner. “We’ve had well over 500 people contribute to the design, from staff, physicians, parents and kids themselves.”