The colorful children’s hospital was made possible in part by a generous donation by Caroline Amplatz to honor her father, Dr. Kurt Amplatz, who was associated with the University of Minnesota medical school and taught radiology from 1957 to 1999. He was also an innovator in medical devices related to repair of the heart, and held more than 30 patents for heart devices. The new, $175 million addition adds 96 single-occupancy rooms and a number of medical specialties that are available to young patients.
The location of the new Amplatz Children’s Hospital was previously vacant land that was a green space associated with Fairview Riverside Hospital. In previous years, the property was the location of residences, commercial properties, and a parking lot. Commercial facilities included auto sales and related tire-repair and battery businesses.
Environmental issues and the cleanup process
- Soil impacted with lead and polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds was identified during the remedial investigation of the building site.
- To construct the hospital, 770 cubic yards of soil impacted with lead and PAH compounds were excavated and taken to an industrial landfill.
Redevelopment of the site
- Impacted soil was removed from the site so development could occur.
- The Amplatz Children’s Hospital was constructed on the property.
- The new $175 million addition added 96 single-occupancy rooms and a number of specialties to young patients.
Environmental and economic benefits
- Seven hundred seventy cubic yards of lead- and PAH-impacted soil were removed from the site.
- The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital employs 1,093 people.
- As a nonprofit hospital, Amplatz Children’s Hospital is tax exempt.
A No Further Action letter soils was issued for the project on April 23, 2010.
No institutional controls were required for this project.
- University of Minnesota
- Fairview Riverside Hospitals
- Caroline Amplatz, who donated $50 million to the construction of the hospital
- MTM Environmental, Inc. and Braun Intertec, Environmental Consultants
- MPCA VIC staff: Ed Olson, Project Manager; John Betcher, Project Hydrogeologist