Press Release: 01.15.2015

Engaging a Community

Erlanger Health System
Children’s and Women’s Hospital
Erlanger Health System takes a unique approach in the selection of a design and construction team for their new Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

“Erlanger is extremely excited about selecting HKS and McCarthy as our partners in planning and building the new Children’s and Women’s Hospital for Chattanooga and the region.”
— Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, president & CEO, Erlanger Health System

After a national search, including interviews with 25 firms, Erlanger Health System selected two teams for consideration to plan, design and build the first phase of a major campus revitalization at its downtown campus on Third Street in Chattanooga, Tenn. Both teams spent time in Chattanooga, and then were followed by a team from Erlanger for two days in each of their respective Atlanta offices. The entire process consummated in a very unique opportunity for each team to share their early vision of the reimagined Erlanger campus with the entire city of Chattanooga at the IMAX Theatre and via live streaming. 

The Erlanger selection team utilized this month-long process, including critical feedback from the Chattanooga community, to reach a decision in selecting the team of HKS (architects) and McCarthy (construction manager) as their partners for this transformational process. 

“The driving factor in the decision was the chemistry that the Erlanger team developed with HKS/McCarthy’s key individuals selected for the children’s and women’s project,” said Bruce Komiske, Erlanger project executive. “They displayed a very unique passion for Chattanooga and Erlanger that clearly indicated that this project was not just another commission.” 

HKS/McCarthy will be working out of their Atlanta offices; however, the team is also committed to establishing a design studio on the Erlanger campus, recognizing the critical need to keep as much of the work and dollars spent on the project in Chattanooga for this important healthcare project.

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