Work begins on new $1.5bn hospital in Pennsylvania

WCN Editorial Team 9 May 2017 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of Pennsylvania has announced the start of construction on a new $1.5bn hospital on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus in Pennsylvania, US.

The new hospital will feature 500 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms in a 139,350 sq m, 16-storey facility on the former site of Penn Tower.

It will include inpatient care for cancer, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as a new emergency department.

The facility is linked to its neighbours on the Penn campus, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the adjacent Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, as well as the train station via a network of public bridges and walkways.

The project was designed by Foster + Partners, as part of PennFirst, an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team which also includes healthcare design firm HDR, BR+A, L.F. Driscoll and Balfour Beatty.

Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners head of studio and senior executive partner who is leading the project, said: “When setting out to design a hospital, the requirement is normally to improve on the existing model. Instead, we questioned this approach.
 
“The effort and determination of our whole multidisciplinary team to investigate every single detail of healthcare delivery and hospital design to drive change will lead to a hospital that makes a new benchmark for the future of healthcare.”

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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