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Facts & Figures for the New Hospital Building


  • 560 private rooms
  • $1.1 billion construction project
  • Main entrance is larger than a football field
  • Covers 1.6 million square feet
  • Located on a five-acre site
  • Lower floors are nearly 3 acres each or 130,680 square feet per floor
  • More than 4,700 people worked on construction

Construction Materials

  • 12,500 tons of structural steel
  • 44,500 cubic yards of new concrete
  • 1,370 miles in copper wiring, enough to stretch from Baltimore to Miami
  • Over 4,000 plumbing fixtures
  • 3.5 million pounds of sheet metal duct work for HVAC systems
  • 244,000 square feet of glass window walls and exterior windows, including 1,423 curtain wall panels weighing up to 1,800 pounds each

Operating Rooms

  • 33 new state-of-the-art operating rooms
  • 14 neurosurgery/general surgery
  • 10 pediatric
  • 6 cardiac
  • 3 obstetrics
  • Adult and pediatric prep and recovery

The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center

  • 205 private inpatient rooms, including:
  • 120 acute care rooms
  • 85 intensive care rooms
  • Level 1 pediatric trauma service
  • Pediatric burn services
  • Two-story indoor play area for patients

Pediatric Emergency Department

  • Doubles the size of current Pediatric ED
  • Capable of sharing trauma capacity with adult ED
  • The only state-designated trauma center for children in Maryland
  • Annual visits expected to be more than 35,000

Sheikh Zayed Tower    

  • 355 private inpatient rooms, including:
  • 224 acute care rooms
  • 96 intensive care rooms
  • 35 obstetrics rooms

Adult Emergency Department

  • Front-door location
  • Convenient patient drop-off
  • 67 private examination rooms
  • Six modern trauma care rooms
  • Expanded state-of-the-art imaging suite
  • 17-bed acute care observation unit
  • Can accommodate up to 75,000 annual visits

Questions and Answers

1.        What is the significance of the new Johns Hopkins Hospital facility?

The new 1.6 million-square-foot complex, which is one of the largest hospital construction projects in the nation, will mark a new era in patient care at Johns Hopkins. It will feature two 12-story towers: The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, named in honor of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s late mother, and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, named to honor the first president and founder of the United Arab Emirates. The complex is erected on five acres. There will be 560 all-private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms, expansive new adult and pediatric emergency departments and the newest imaging facilities.

For more than a century, patients have come from around the corner and around the world to receive the most advanced care at Hopkins, the place where modern medicine was born.  Patients and their families will now experience a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility designed from the ground up to house the most innovative and advanced medical technologies and also provide a cheerful, welcoming environment for patient-centered care.

2.        When will construction be complete?

Construction was completed in mid-November 2011 and the contractor has officially turned the building over to Johns Hopkins for a final refinement and outfitting of the interior spaces. Before patients begin to receive care in the new facility at the end of April, staff will have training and become familiar with the building, their units and equipment to allow for a seamless transition. During this time, hospital staff will also conduct drills to practice moving patients into the new facility in advance of the actual patient move days.

3.        Has the project provided new jobs?

The new hospital complex is boosting the local economy. Hopkins is adding 700 people to its workforce to staff the new patient care complex, including nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, pharmacy technicians, environmental services staff, security guards and visitor services personnel. Some of the new hires began their jobs over the summer. Meanwhile, more than 4,700 people worked on construction of the building. Of those, almost 1,000 were Baltimore City residents and 280 of the workers live in East Baltimore neighborhoods near The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

4.        When will the new hospital open?

The new building will open its doors to patients at the end of April 2012.

5.        How long will it take to move patients into the new facility?

The patient move will be conducted over two days, on Sunday, April 29, and Monday, April 30. All patient care and emergency services will continue to be provided throughout the move. Furniture and equipment will move into the building in the weeks prior to the official opening.

6.    How will patients enter the new hospital?

The main entrance to The Johns Hopkins Hospital will move to 1800 Orleans Street — the new single “front door” for all Hopkins Hospital patients, whether their destination is the ER, surgery, or another part of the hospital. A large entranceway, which is bigger than a football field, has ample space to allow families to drop off and pick up patients. Valet parking will also be available. Ambulances will enter the Emergency Department through a separate covered area for emergency vehicles off Wolfe Street.

7.        What about parking?

The parking has been redesigned to make it easier and more convenient for patients and their families. They will park in the Orleans Street garage directly across the street from the new building and enter the hospital via two pedestrian above-street bridges connecting the garage and the hospital. One bridge will take visitors directly to the Children’s Center, and the other one to the Zayed Tower.

8.        What will happen to the existing patient areas on campus when the new buildings open?

Plans have not been finalized, but some of the existing patient areas will become faculty and staff offices, research labs and training facilities. Some buildings will eventually be demolished.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine, its significance and history as the birthplace of modern medicine 

Johns Hopkins is the birthplace of modern medicine and medical education. Many medical specialties were first established at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, including neurosurgery, urology, endocrinology, gynecology, cardiac surgery, and child psychiatry. In all, 17 Johns Hopkins scientists have won Nobel Prizes. Some of the most far-reaching advances in medicine during the last 40 years were made at Hopkins and its prominence as a world leader in biomedical research and patient care continues today.

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, founded in 1912 through a generous donation from Harriet Lane and Henry Johnston, was the first children’s hospital associated with an academic medical center. Today, Hopkins Children's offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the world. It has recognized Centers of Excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary, and transplant.

As the nation’s top recipient of federal biomedical research dollars, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine conducts basic, translational and clinical research that continually reshapes our understanding of disease and leads to lifesaving treatment approaches.

Because of its reputation as a world leader in providing excellent care, especially for the most complex health problems, more than 3,000 international patients come to Baltimore each year for treatment at Hopkins. Also, Johns Hopkins Medicine International manages hospitals in the United Arab Emirates, Panama and Singapore, and provides educational and consulting services at affiliated health care institutions in the Middle East, South America, Asia and Europe.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is widely regarded as one of the world's best hospitals. It has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the best overall hospital in America for 21 consecutive years. Hopkins Children’s is consistently ranked among the top five pediatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

Johns Hopkins Medicine was featured in two award-winning ABC News documentaries: Hopkins 24/7 and Hopkins. These seven-part, one-hour episodes received critical and popular acclaim. Movies made about Johns Hopkins Medicine include the HBO movie, Something the Lord Made, which chronicles the work leading to the first Blue Baby heart operation that paved the way for modern heart surgery; and the TNT movie, Gifted Hands, the story of world-famous pediatric brain surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson.

National surveys have repeatedly shown Johns Hopkins Medicine has the greatest consumer top-of-mind awareness among all U.S. medical institutions.

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