Children's Wisconsin Skywalk Building

Children's Wisconsin Skywalk Building

The Children's Wisconsin Skywalk Building enhances family access to emergency services by relocating the entrance to the front of the hospital. The two-story, 155,000 SF facility includes critical healthcare components like the Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center, a pediatric transport center, and a retail pharmacy.

The project features a combined braced and moment frame steel structure designed for two levels initially, with provisions for eight future levels. Mechanical units were strategically installed in a 25 FT deep basement, connected through below-grade tunnels to optimize functionality. Shelled space for future development adds flexibility.

The elevator tower, extending four stories, prioritizes efficiency and future expansion. Portions of it's framing are designed to be removable in strategic locations to accommodate future floor framing. A distinctive curved canopy overcomes utility challenges, with a foundation system showcasing adaptability. An emergency department canopy, cantilevered 28 FT, has been thermally isolated.

A 175 FT long skywalk connects the building to a parking garage, featuring a sloping elevation and skewed plan. This showcases structural innovation and aesthetic integration, cantilevering 43 FT over the road.

The project represents an integrated approach to engineering, design, and healthcare functionality, meeting current needs and allowing for future growth.

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Project Data

155,000 SF, 2-Story Addition

Vertically Expandable to 10 Stories

175 FT Skywalk


GRAEF Services

Structural Engineering

Civil Engineering

Site Survey

Landscape Architecture

Children's Wisconsin Skywalk Building Contact

Market Team Leader - Healthcare