New Hospital

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest

Springdale, Arkansas



Square Feet

$167 Million

Construction Cost


Completion Date

Arkansas Children’s Hospital engaged Bernhard for engineering design and transition to operations support for their new flagship hospital in Northwest Arkansas. Energy efficiency was a key goal for the building system’s design, but the client also wanted to empower the facility’s staff to effectively operate and maintain the building once construction was complete.

Bernhard provided MEPFP, lighting, low voltage, structural, and controls design for the project, which incorporated state-of-the-art technologies and systems to promote energy and operational efficiency. To support the transition to operations, Bernhard’s staff uploaded data from the design and construction phase into BIM 360 Ops, a mobile-friendly Computerized Maintenance Management System. The team also delivered a customized operator training program to orient the hospital’s new facility maintenance staff to their equipment, systems, and CMMS.

This focus on operational readiness enabled the hospital to be Joint Commission compliant on the first day of the hospital’s operation Our firm continues to support Arkansas Children’s Northwest with on-going measurement and verification of the hospital’s energy performance and on-call engineering services.