The groundbreaking for the new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion took place on Friday, August 12. The new hospital is moving into the construction phase after countless hours of planning.

It wasn’t just the architects involved in the planning of this new building, although they played a major role. Perkins and Will, architectural firm for the project, worked closed with MUSC’s Family Advisory Council to get the parent/patient perspective. Family members helped insure the hospital will be user friendly as well as aesthetically pleasing.

The interior design team took cues from the charm of Charleston, incorporating Charleston’s courtyard and courtyard gardens into lobby areas. Wanting the hospital rooms to be less “scary”, the team took inspiration from a comfortable beach house.

Some family members are so committed to the project that they have logged literally hundreds of hours volunteering with MUSC. Their input has been instrumental in the design, and sharing their stories has been vital in the decision making process.

For the full stories related to the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion read the following articles:

Architects work to ensure hospital will be a landmark

Design of new children’s hospital aims to bring healing

New children’s hospital inspires, challenges builders

Mom of twins brings personal perspective to hospital planning

Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion to combine comfort with high-tech care