University of Minnesota - Masonic Children's Hospital

Hospital Addition Adds Space And Reinforces Reputation

We designed a 30,000 SF, two-story addition that includes Operating Rooms and the Emergency Department plus another 40,000 SF of renovated space. The facility includes the 300,000 SF primary addition designed by TK&A Architects and HGA Engineers.

The overall design reinforces clear planning and circulation, both internally and externally, within the densely built urban campus. This distinctive addition helps elevate the Children’s Hospital’s visibility, attract top physicians and staff, and reinforces the University’s research and patient/family-centered care objectives.

Civil Engineering

Traffic circulation patterns and roadways provide easy access for efficient drop-offs and arrivals.

Electrical Engineering

The upgraded electrical system replaces the existing main switch with a dual-feed automatic transfer switch. Since the campus needed to remain operational throughout construction, the electrical contractor assisted with changing out the electrical distribution equipment, provided clear documentation of existing equipment connections, and worked with the design team and hospital to plan each transition.

Industrial Engineering

Utilizing Lean design principles, the project reinforces clear planning and circulation to optimize the patient and family experience and maximize caregiver-patient face time. Operationally, the design efficiently links clinical functions in the new tower with support functions in the existing building, as well as minimizes nurses’ walking distance between patient rooms in the 27,000 SF patient care units.

Mechanical Engineering

Primary mechanical components include a new chiller, cooling tower, and related piping within the existing central plant. HGA also developed an Energy Control Module (ECM) that provides control of the chilled water central plant to optimize energy use. The engineering team worked with the controls provider to design program language that increases energy efficiency of the entire campus chilled water system.


The MEP/Telecommunication systems enable the hospital to integrate advanced diagnostic and medical technology for optimal patient care.


Minneapolis, MN

Building Type

Children's Hospital/Pediatrics, Clinic/Ambulatory Care


229,000 SF

  • 2016 Minnesota Business Magazine, Leader in Health Care Interiors Award (Quinn Seymour Chapel)
  • 2016 IES/IIDA Regional Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design (Wilf Family Center)
  • 2016 IES/IIDA Section Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design (Wilf Family Center)
  • 2012 GE Edison Sustainable Design Award for Lighting
  • 2012 IES/IIDA Regional Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design (Wilf Family Center)
  • 2012 IES/IIDA Section Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design (Wilf Family Center)
  • 2011 Contract Magazine Healthcare Environment Award (national)
  • 2011 Minnesota Physician's Honor Award
  • 2011 Modern Healthcare Design Award (national)

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