The University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine embarked on a plan to design and construct a new patient pavilion in Philadelphia. The project looks to implement a new, freestanding facility to include medical/surgical beds, ICU beds, ORs, diagnostics and testing, an emergency department, support services, connections to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM and parking. The design team was led by HDR as executive architect and Foster + Partners.
MIC has provided consultancy to the team during the initial design phase on the accessibility study by all means, the impact on the new facility on the existing traffic, the connectivity to the current and planned transit networks and the parking strategy.
Its location next to the railway station and other big attractors, the big differences in elevation of the streets around the plot and the space constraints required the evaluation of several options of the kerb layout. In order to minimize conflict some of the elements along the kerb, including the ED drop-off, the parking ramps and the ambulance dock, were combined. Other elements like the logistic area accessible by trucks were located below ground and accessible by a dedicated system of ramp.
In order to guarantee a high level sense of arrival the pedestrians flows were concentrated on a unique level that through a sky bridge bypass Convention Blvd connecting the SEPTA station to the main plaza located along Civic Center Blvd.