• Building Elevated View

    An elevated view of the building

  • Stacking diagram of new hospital

    View of the underground parking ramp and floor-by-floor occupancy of the new hospital

  • Childrens Theater

    Children's theater

  • Dining

    Dining area

  • Feature Room

    Play room

  • Library 2

    Children's library


The new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital will be designed as a healing environment that improves the health and well-being of children and their families.

Plans include expanding existing programs and developing new services on-site and throughout Iowa to meet the current and future needs of Iowa’s children. The guiding principle of the UI Children’s Hospital project is to create a system of care for Iowa’s children—bringing together services and resources as part of a comprehensive network.

Project Details

Construction began: Fall 2012
Target completion: Late summer 2016
Hospital opens: December 2016
Cost: Approximately $360 million – funded through bonds, patient revenue, and private gifts. No tax dollars being used.
Location: South of, and connected to, the existing hospital
Size: 507,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space
Number of floors: 14 floors (12 above ground, 2 below ground)


  • Myat Haggart and his parents live in New York City, but they traveled to Iowa to seek treatment at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. It wasn’t just the expertise of the doctors here that impressed them. Myat, who is blind, shared his love of construction with some of the men and women working on our new hospital. Learn why the Haggart family traveled so far in Looking back, moving forward.
  • Our goal is to help families be safe and healthy at home, in school, and in the community.  Learn why Rob Nelson and sons are paying it forward.
  • Luke Leyden learned more than he could have imagined about designing hospital rooms. Read about about Luke's experience in Architect as Advocate For Families.
  • Two pediatric cancer survivors returned to lead the construction team through their morning exercises. Read more about their story in Moving Tribute.


University of Iowa Children's Hospital Building Campaign

As part of “Iowa First: Our Campaign for Breakthrough Medicine,” we seek to raise $50 million toward the cost of building the new UI Children’s Hospital. Opportunities will exist for naming recognition within the hospital for individual, corporate, and foundation donors who make significant gift commitments, payable over five years. In addition, we aim to raise an additional $50 million to support research, physicians, nurses, and programs such as Child Life and family-centered-care initiatives. For more information about these opportunities, contact sheila-baldwin@uiowa.edu.

Gerdin FamilyIn October 2012, the Gerdin family of Solon, Iowa, made a $12 million gift commitment to support the new UI Children's Hospital. The gift, from the Gerdin Family Foundation, is the largest to date for the UI Children's Hospital $50 million building campaign. In recognition of this contribution, the lobby and children's theater in the new hospital will be named for the Gerdin family. Read more.

Our Mission

UI Children's Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families for more than 90 years. As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital and academic medical center, we also perform groundbreaking research to help solve the mysteries of childhood diseases, and we educate and train the next generation of health care professionals.

Contact Us

If you have questions or input you would like to share, send an email to KidsBuildingUpdate@uiowa.edu