Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota - Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota


December 2010



New Cafe

In 2007, Children’s launched a three-year initiative to transform its sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul into highly innovative health care campuses that provide the most advanced and safest pediatric care in the most caring and comfortable environment.

With 332 patient beds between their Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, Children’s is one of the 10 largest pediatric organizations in the United States. This is the largest expansion and modernization project in their 80-year history, and includes a new cafeteria, surgery and cardiovascular centers, renovated neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, and a new emergency department. The $230 million renovation uses science, technology, art and nature to create a best-in-class environment for patients and families.

The new 5,000 square feet 180-seat Starz Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a deli, salad bar, hot entrees, pizza and gelato. Making use of every square foot of space available, much of the kitchen is exposed to customer view. Due to space constraints, it receives support from the main kitchen. 

The project expands the campus to the west side of Chicago Avenue with a new LEED® Gold-certified Specialty Care Center, which houses specialty clinics – including the hematology and oncology clinic – as well as an outpatient pharmacy and retail center, and an inside-the-hospital Ronald McDonald House. Children’s collaborated with Ellerbe Becket, an AECOM company, to develop a vision that merges architecture, landscape and art. The project reaches beyond the institution to transform its urban neighborhood by establishing a revitalized “sense of place.”