This project included the construction of a new, 216,000sf patient tower, significant renovations to the existing hospital and infrastructure upgrades. Located on the edge of the University City neighborhood, this project expands critical care services offered by the hospital, relocating the base of operations for Penn’s trauma center to meet the changing needs of West Philadelphia and adjoining communities, and increasing the health system’s overall care capacity.
Penn Medicine is a long-term client of LF Driscoll. The firm has performed renovations, enabling projects, and new construction pursuant to Penn’s master plan since 1986.
The Advanced Care Pavilion was originally designed as a five-story building with columns engineered to support an additional floor. That floor was added to the project one year into construction. In addition to added trauma bay capacity, the pavilion provides centralized patient flow and a state-of-the-art resuscitation area dedicated to the evaluation and stabilization of critically injured patients. The pavilion provides a roof helistop for rapid transit.
The pavilion received a LEED® Silver certification.
In the base hospital backfill, renovations were performed to upgrade the capacity and efficiency of radiology services, preoperative service, and OR support spaces, and include the addition of a pharmacy. A new concourse extends from the main lobby, through the heart of the hospital, to the new pavilion where it ends with a custom-fabricated spiral staircase. The concourse is an exceptional thoroughfare for wayfinding, providing a location for family, patients, and staff to gather. Crafted in Canada, the staircase consists of field-bent railings and plate metal.
A landscaped green space and courtyard were added to the campus, to be enjoyed by the community.
To avoid disruptions in the active hospital our firm employed an infection control and risk assessment (ICRA) program that maintained separation between renovations, occupied spaces and the tie-in construction with the new pavilion. Multiple phased relocations were also performed.
Our firm addressed the challenges of an expedited schedule while working with unknown variables of the aging hospital and project site—a residential street annexed by Penn Medicine and re-zoned for healthcare. Winter weather was a significant factor. Solutions introduced by our team included the re-design of building foundations to bridge the local utility’s electricity service underneath. Existing utilities were surveyed and the conditions documented among our construction managers, subcontractors and the facility. Fit-out was performed concurrently with the building enclosure.
The project was opened on-time, occupied only 19 months after the project start.