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UI Children's Hospital Picks Up Pace

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- Construction crews are picking up the pace on the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital after winter weather slightly slowed the progress at the site. 
With the structure nearly halfway done, directors estimate it should be built by the end of the year or the beginning of 2015. 
Crews are simultaneously working two stories below ground and on the fifth floor above ground to complete the skeleton of the hospital. It will eventually be 14 stories, two underground parking levels and 12 hospital floors above. Crews are moving at a pace of about one floor per month, said project manager Jay Goodin. 
There are nearly 200 construction workers putting the new UI Children's Hospital together, and an additional 500 kids, family members and staff who have been consulting, not on the brick and mortar portion, but on the interior design of the hospital. Executive Director Scott Turner hopes that will create the kind of place future patients will enjoy and recover in quickly. 
The child-centered facility will have eight operating rooms and 32 pre-and-post operation surgical recovery rooms, Turner said, adding that the entire crew is proud to be working on a project to benefit Iowa kids. 
While construction should wrap up this winter, the hospital is not slated to open until the spring of 2016. 
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