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University of Pennsylvania plans $1.5b hospital complex

by Andrea Waitrovich

The University of Pennsylvania Health System has plans to build a $1.5 billion hospital complex on its main campus in Philadelphia. The project broke ground this month.
The project includes a 16-story facility known as “The Pavilion,” which will house 500 private patient rooms, 47 operating rooms and a total of 1.5 million square feet of healthcare space.

Located on the former site of Penn Tower, the new facility will contain a cancer inpatient care center, the department of heart and vascular medicine and surgery, the neurology and neurosurgery departments, and a new emergency wing.

The Pavilion will be the largest capital project in University of Pennsylvania’s history, according to Penn Medicine.

Balfour Beatty and Philadelphia-area LF Driscoll have been selected as construction managers, with HDR, Foster + Partners and BR+A providing design and engineering services.

The team expects construction to be completed in 2021.

Another billion-dollar medical project under way is in Rochester, Minn. Mortenson picked the site and completed the design for the first building in Discovery Square, a sub-district it is developing for the Mayo Clinic’s $6 billion Destination Medical Center.

The 60,000-square-foot life science research building — designed by RSP Architects and HOK — will feature open workspaces and common areas to promote collaboration among building tenants. Situated near the Mayo Clinic campus, the building will feature high-performance systems and an orientation to maximize energy efficiency.

Virtua Health System is also building a new $1 billion medical campus in Westampton, N.J. The new facility will have between 339 and 383 beds, inpatient and outpatient departments, an outpatient surgical center, an emergency department, a long-term care facility, an assisted living center, medical offices, and women’s and children’s services.

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