Dayton (Ohio) Children’s Hospital's new $168 million, eight-story patient tower pays tribute to the area’s aviation heritage in a colorful, uplifting child- and family-friendly space where quality of care takes priority.   

The theme of the new 260,000-square-foot tower, which opened June 5, is “Things that Fly” in honor of Dayton’s rich aviation history and innovation in flight, according to H&HN sister publication Health Facilities Management. Visitors are immersed in the facility’s theme the moment they cross the lobby into the three-story atrium named the Take Flight Gallery. 

Filled with light and color, the atrium houses the Culinary Kitchen — a full-service cafeteria, the Up Cafe for grab-and-go food items and the Altitude gift shop. 

The main design feature in the Take Flight Gallery is the Dragonflyer, a specially commissioned piece of art that also is a children's play space. The dragonfly art piece pays tribute to the daring spirit of famed Dayton residents and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The play space features a children’s garden with a fountain on the ground level, as well as a rooftop garden with a mosaic created by Dayton Children’s patients, staff and partners.