Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, US is undergoing an expansion.

CT Insider reported that a ‘massive’ crane had arrived at the site, marking the launch of the project.

The construction of a $326m clinical tower at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is said to be ‘well underway’.

The 110t crane will stack materials for the eight-storey tower while a contest will be held to decide its nickname.

The 190,000ft² tower will feature 50 private neonatal intensive care rooms, treatment areas, an expanded cafeteria and flexible space for future pandemics.

It will accommodate a foetal care centre consisting of labour, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms, as well as operating rooms and an advanced gene therapy unit.

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The expansion will also include a new parking garage and pedestrian walkway.

Construction engineering company IMEG has been hired to provide information technology planning services for the project, which is expected to open in late 2025.

LAZ Parking will build the garage, which will feature a modernistic structure with a pedestrian overpass, while the hospital will lease it.

Plans for the garage have been supported by the planning staff but a vote on the proposals has been postponed until next month.

The expansion is driven by the increased demand for Connecticut Children’s healthcare services, particularly in the areas of neonatal treatment and mental health.

The new tower will provide more patient rooms, treatment areas and an expanded cafeteria.

Connecticut Children’s executive vice-president and COO Bob Duncan said: “The need for our services has continued to grow.

“And as more specialities become available — and we’re able to keep kids in the state and keep kids closer to home — the better off everybody is.”

In December 2022, Connecticut Children’s opened a 30,000ft² speciality care centre in Westport, Connecticut.