Groundwork is underway on Woman’s Hospital’s new early childhood development center on Pecue Lane, with frame construction expected to begin in the next month, says Stan Shelton, senior vice president for planning, development and construction.
The center—currently housed in Mid City, off O’Hara Court, near Woman’s old campus—is moving to be closer to the hospital’s new facility on Airline Highway and Pecue Lane and become more accessible to employees and patients. Construction on the 13,000 square-foot center is estimated to cost $2.8 million.
“We never intended for the center to be exclusive to employees,” Shelton says, “and it looks like there’s opportunity in this portion of the parish for growth.”
There are currently around 100 children being served through the current center. With the expansion, Shelton expects the new learning center—slated to open in the first quarter next year—to have a capacity for 200 children.