The Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board gave its approval for the planned Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, a 700,000-square-foot facility that will cost an estimated $403 million to build and $80 million to equip and furnish.
It will be located in Birmingham, one block north of the Childrens Hospital of Alabama, the 47-year-old 266-bed facility the new hospital will replace, and it will be connected by bridge to the University of Alabama Women and Infants Facility currently under construction. The new facility will have room for 232 beds, and 100 existing beds located in newer facilities on the hospital campus will be retained. The building will be 12 stories tall, and plans call for filling the first 10 and leaving the top two vacant for future expansion.
Construction will begin early next year and is expected to be complete by mid-2012. The hospital received a $25 million gift from hospital board member and developer Ben Russell in honor of his grandfather who founded the Russell Manufacturing Co. in 1902. KLMK Group, a Richmond, Va.-based company with an office in Birmingham, has been hired as project manager. -- by Andis Robeznieks