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The Children’s Hospital at Fitzsimons

Aurora, Colorado

After five years of careful planning, generous donations and hard work, The new Children’s Hospital opened its doors September 29, 2007. As a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network, The Children’s Hospital is 100-percent dedicated to caring for kids of all ages and stages of growth.


This replacement facility reflects TCH's commitment of providing the most advanced state-of-the-art health care in the country. The Children's Hospital is located on 48 acres of land on the southern edge of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Campus at Fitzsimons in Aurora. The new $450 million Children's Hospital is a nine-story, freestanding facility of approximately 900,000 square feet. The new facility is 73 percent larger than the old and houses 270 beds and more than 2,000 parking spaces. Connected to the new inpatient hospital is a Faculty Office Building, an Ambulatory Building and Pavilion, to create a facility that contains a total of 1.4 million square feet. The design team is a collaboration of ZGF Architects and H+L Architecture.


The Children’s Hospital features all private patient rooms with accommodations for family members. The hospital also offers increased family-based amenities, such as family lounges, additional sleep rooms, family library and business center and expanded sibling child care. Additionally, patient portals are available in inpatient rooms through which patients and families may view local television, cable programming and video-on-demand. Every aspect of the hospital was developed with the best interest of the patients and their families in mind. The hospital has critical adjacencies (units grouped together for maximum efficiency) designed into the facility.



  • Zacharakis, S. K., Buenning, F., Kotzer, A. M., & Raynolds, M. (2010). Designing an evidence-based research project: The Children’s Hospital collaborative approach. Healthcare Design, 10(5), 56–58,60,62,64,66–67.  “During TCH's design process, H+L Architecture became interested in conducting a research study comparing aspects of the old and new hospital environments. This research study used evidence-based design; a relatively new concept in the construction industry.”
  • Cheng, P. (2008). The Pebble Collaborative: An acoustic conversation. Healthcare Design, 8(8), 12–12,14.
    “A discussion on acoustics raised issues and challenges around sound control in healthcare environments including balancing acoustics with infection control, the need to determine an appropriate benchmark for sound levels, equipment and material choices, and privacy and work performance issues.”