Public will have opportunity to see Erlanger's new children's outpatient center on Sunday

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Dan Luhrs, lead architect from HKS, talks about the design of the main lobby area at Erlanger's new children's outpatient center Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Several items have been incorporated into the design to make it more inviting including a model train that runs over a model of the Walnut Street Bridge, as well as Looie the Lookout hang gliding.

Chattanooga's influence on the new children's outpatient center at Erlanger is apparent, from the classic locomotive out front, to its aquarium-style roofline, to the Walnut Street Bridge canopy and facade that emulates rock striations along the riverfront.

But when patients and caretakers stroll the halls, they'll discover it wasn't just the city, but its people - local artists who donated their work, families who shared their heirlooms and the more than 6,000 individuals who contributed funds to the largest philanthropic campaign in Chattanooga history - who inspired the project.

"We listened to the community to build this building," said Don Mueller, CEO of Children's Hospital at Erlanger.