Simon Family Tower at Riley Hospital for Children


Acoustics By Design

Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana, has long been known for creating a positive environment for children of all ages. Acoustics By Design was brought in to enhance the acoustics in the newly designed, Simon Family Tower, a 10-story, 288-bed addition. Our professional engineers used sophisticated computer modeling tools to identify and diagnose the potential acoustical issues. After careful analysis, we offered a report with several creative solutions. Our objective recommendations gave the hospital and designers the information necessary to address the acoustical problems without sacrificing the look and feel of this great space.

Our consulting also included recommendations for improving the speech privacy around the nurse stations. Current research shows a direct link between patient care and speech privacy. When patients overhear voices from a nurse station, the environment of trust is breached. The result is that patients tend to hold back information from the very health professionals whom they are supposed to trust. Acoustics By Design modeled these spaced with 3D technology and provided solutions to dramatically improve the acoustics and speech privacy throughout the hospital.

The Simon Family Tower will offer:

  • 10 stories
  • 675,000 square feet
  • 288 beds
  • State of the Art Operating Room and Cardiac Catheterization lab
  • Expanded Emergency Department
  • Radiology suite
  • 48 Bed PICU
  • Expanded Burn Unit; and
  • Dedicated visitor parking for patients and their families.


ERMCO, Inc. was awarded the contract for the electrical and systems work on Riley Phase V, which includes a 10-story, $200 million, 650,000 square-foot tower that will expand the Level I pediatric trauma center, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and operating rooms, and is scheduled to open in 2012.
In anticipation of Riley Phase V construction, ERMCO, Inc has completed several major projects at Riley Children's Hospital: Department Relocations, 3rd Floor N/S 4th Floor CV Step-down, ROC 4th Floor, and Utility Relocation.
Renovation and relocation work has also been completed at both University and Methodist hospitals on the I.U.-Riley-Methodist Clarian Campus. As part of these projects, ERMCO, Inc.'s Hill-Rom Certified technicians replaced the existing Nurse Call systems with new Hill-Rom systems in all three hospitals.    

Safety Management Group

Safety Management Group is assisting the owner and construction manager with contractor safety at the Simon Family Tower at Riley Hospital for Children project in downtown Indianapolis.  In 2005, Riley Hospital for Children announced a $500 million, 10-year strategic plan for Indiana's children and families. A critical step in that plan is to build an inpatient facility at Riley Hospital. The 10-story $235 million patient tower will be the first step to allow Riley to meet its goal to be one of the largest and best children's hospitals in the nation. Safety Management Group's role at this project is to facilitate the safety program for contractors participating in the owner-controlled insurance program (OCIP) project.

Working closely with project management and the construction management firm, Safety Management Group associates are assisting contractors in managing safety on the project. Additionally, Safety Management Group associates also provide education and orientation services to contractors performing at the project and serve as advisors to ensure the owner's workplace standards are met or surpassed on the project.

Children's Hospitals
Indianapolis IN 46202
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