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BUILDING FOR KIDS: Milwaukee Campus Improvement Project

Milwaukee Campus Improvement Project

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has kicked off a four-year, $265 million facilities improvement project that will support our vision of having Wisconsin children be the healthiest in the nation. 

The project is designed to enhance clinical collaboration and efficiencies, improve the child and family experience and support the use of new technologies. It includes:

  • BOLDTA six-story, 237,000-square-foot addition to house specialty clinics and Surgical Services
  • CANNONDESIGNRenovation and expansion of Surgical Services
  • Renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center

Our partners on the project are The Boldt Company and CannonDesign.

New building

The addition will be located between the north side of the hospital and Children’s Clinics Building. The first floor will feature 12,500-square-foot that includes space dedicated to Child Life, food service and outpatient lab. Patient families are involved in designing the new spaces to support our focus on the child and family experience.

Surgical Services

Children's current operating rooms are located on two different floors in part of the hospital built in 1988. The new design places all of Surgical Services in new or renovated space on one floor. This will dramatically increase operating efficiency and improve the patient family experience.

The area devoted to surgical services will increase by more than 25,000 square feet and includes 15 operating rooms and three special procedure rooms. The average size of an operating room also will increase to accommodate future advancements in surgical technologies.

Emergency Department

Children's Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center will be enlarged by approximately 11,200 square feet. A significant component of this project will be a relocated entrance and waiting room area. The number of treatment rooms will increase and there will be two dual-use trauma or resuscitation rooms.

The design of the space and incorporation of a new care model are intended to reduce the time patients and families need to wait to receive care. The space also will allow for an enhanced level of care for patients with behavioral health needs.

Project timelines

New building

  • Site preparation begins – late 2018
  • Construction begins – 2019
  • Addition opens – 2021

Surgical Services

  • Construction begins – late 2018 or early 2019
  • Construction complete – 2021
  • Surgical Services will remain fully operational throughout construction

Emergency Department

  • Construction begins – 2019
  • Construction complete – 2022
  • The Emergency Department will remain fully operational throughout construction
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Milwaukee Campus Improvement Project

Traffic pattern change on Milwaukee campus

On Nov. 19, a new roadway will open from the Milwaukee hospital entrance to the north parking structure. This two-way road should be used for self-parking in the north parking structure and driving to the hospital from the parking structure to pick up patient and family members. This new roadway should also be used to access Clinics Building valet parking and patient drop offs.


Children's to upgrade and expand surgery space and ED on Milwaukee campus. Read more.


Milwaukee Campus Improvement Project

See architectural renderings of the Milwaukee Campus Improvement Project. View more.