Maryland Gets New LEED NICU

The state of Maryland is now home to another neonatal intensive care unit. On June 23, the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics unveiled the new Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is one of only two NICUs with a level IV designation, the highest level of care available for critically-ill newborns, in the state.

The state of Maryland is now home to another neonatal intensive care unit. On June 23, the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics unveiled the new Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is one of only two NICUs with a level IV designation, the highest level of care available for critically-ill newborns, in the state.

The new facility is three times larger than the old NICU. It has 37,000 square feet of space and 52 private rooms. Each room is equipped with a couch, so that parents can stay with their babies, and many other features, such as controllable light and sound. The new NICU also includes an imaging room and a lactation room. It was designed to achieve LEED certification.

According to UMCH, the project took ten months to complete. It was developed at a cost of $30 million, $10 million of which came from donations. Jeffrey Rivest, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, home to UMCH, said in a news release that the project would not have been possible without the help of private donors.

Barton Malow was the project’s contractor. Marshall Craft Associates Inc. was the architect, with Emjay as mechanical contractor, BoMark as electrical contractor and Kovacs Whitney & Associates, Inc. as the engineer.