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MEMPHIS, TENN. — Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center has awarded construction services to Skanska USA for a new $146 million children’s hospital in Memphis.

The project will feature an approximately 613,500-square-foot, 12-story building.

The hospital will include a number of pediatric specialties as well as a cardiovascular care and neonatal intensive care units. The 225 patient rooms will be able to accommodate two relatives. The facility will also feature a mini-movie theater and areas for play and schooling.

Construction is underway and is scheduled for completion in 2010.

In addition, Skanska, based in Parsippany, N.J., was also awarded construction services last week for a new heart hospital, The Miami Valley Hospital Heart Tower, in Dayton, Ohio. The $75.6 million project will feature an 11-story building with a heart center, cardiac surgery suites and 180 private patient rooms. It will also include general patient and visitor areas and underground parking.

Completion is scheduled for fourth quarter 2010.

Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center treats approximately 140,000 children annually and is home to one of the 10 busiest pediatric emergency departments in the U.S. It also hosts one of the largest pediatric surgical brain tumor programs.

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