Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion

Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion

Future Proofing to Keep Pace with Medicine & Discovery

PennFIRST, an integrated project delivery team, is completing the planning and design process for the University of Pennsylvania’s new $1.5 billion hospital. The new Pavilion, located on the former site of Penn Tower, will be home to about 500 new private patient rooms and 47 operating/interventional rooms in a 16-story new facility. It will be linked to its neighbors on the Penn campus, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the adjacent Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. It will also be connected to the train station via a network of public bridges and walkways.

The PennFIRST team is a design and construction collaborative of which we’re a part. We’re providing global healthcare design expertise, working with international architect Foster + Partners, engineering designer BR+A, construction management expert L.F. Driscoll and Balfour Beatty, and Penn Medicine’s clinical and facilities experts. Our shared goal is to create a facility that’s not only adaptable for future patient needs, but will also serve as a hub for community health.

The Pavilion will house inpatient care for the Abramson Cancer Center, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery and a new emergency department. Completion is expected in 2021.

The building will tell a story of innovation, rethinking patient care by minimizing stress and maximizing careful and considerate treatment.

Some of the Pavilion's distinguishing features include:

  • From the moment of arrival, the patient experience will be reframed by breaking down the scale of the hospital into smaller neighborhoods which provide a sense of community.
  • The hospital is designed for health and well-being providing daylight and landscape views to patients and visitors and the ability to personalize each room.
  • Special care was taken in the development of the urban realm creating pedestrianized routes and landscaped gardens and plazas to enhance the public experience.
  • The color and articulation of the building façade gives a visual richness that reflects its historic campus location and resonates with the existing hospital complex.
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
United States

1,500,000 SF (139,355 m²)