Construction begins today on a new critical care tower at Akron Children's Hospital, which is the centerpiece of a $200 million expansion project.
Linda Gentile, vice president for professional and support services, says the new tower will house several departments including a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient surgical suites.
The emergency department will remain open during the construction phase, but Locust Street between Exchange Street and Buchtel Avenue will close.
Street signs will be posted throughout the area to help drivers get around the closure.
"So we're suggesting that people use their GPS to get close to campus and then once they get on campus, they follow all the signage," said Gentile.
Linda Gentile, vice president for professional and support services, says they're still in the demolition phase.
"You won't see any walls going up or anything that looks like a building anytime soon. It'll take a little while."
The expansion project also includes a new six-level, 1,200 space parking deck.