Foster + Partners - Pavilion at The University of Pennsylvania: as a testament to Penn’s mission to serving humanity
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Pavilion at The University of Pennsylvania: as a testament to Penn’s mission to serving humanity

Foster + Partners

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The design was created as a blueprint for the "hospital of the future," focused on patient experience and providing the most advanced medical care possible. The design was developed through utilising new techniques in computational design, full-scale mock-ups to test the design with users, new project delivery methods, prefabrication at an unprecedented scale, and a collective mindset of innovation. The PennFIRST integrated project delivery team combined global design and construction expertise and included architects HDR and Foster + Partners, engineer BR+A, and construction managers L.F. Driscoll and Balfour Beatty, along with Penn Medicine’s clinical and facilities experts.

The Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is designed to be integrated within its surroundings. The building creates a new public square that anchors Penn Medicine and creates new connections between the hospital and university campus. The form of the building is in keeping with the architecture of the campus and references the Rotunda of the Penn Museum. Additionally, a new route from the train station to the public square gives arriving visitors an overview of the HUP campus, making orientation simple and intuitive. The new addition also brings greenery to the site, connecting the river and city with a physic garden that celebrates edible, beautiful, and medicinal plants.

As an environmentally responsible building, the pavilion features energy and water saving fixtures, achieving a 30% indoor water reduction. The building was awarded USGBC LEED Gold v4 Healthcare, making it the world's largest healthcare facility to achieve this certification. The building materials and furniture were chosen to promote a healthy environment. The facility utilised new construction techniques and modular construction to create a resilient building that can adapt to changes in healthcare.

The Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a ground-breaking healthcare facility that sets a new standard for patient experience and comfort, while providing the most advanced medical care in the world. Designed and built over six years by the integrated project delivery team PennFIRST, the Pavilion is the largest healthcare facility in the world to achieve USGBC LEED Gold v4 Healthcare. One of the defining characteristics of the Pavilion is its flexibility and adaptability. Utilising new techniques in computational design, full-scale mock-ups, and prefabrication on an unprecedented scale, the Pavilion was designed and built to evolve with advances in care delivery and remain resilient in the face of new challenges. The building is sustainable, efficient, uplifting, and sensitive to its surroundings, responding to the needs of people.

“This new building now stands as a testament to Penn’s mission to serving humanity — from West Philadelphia to the East Coast, and beyond. The team who designed, built, and now cares for patients in the Pavilion has shown us what the future of medicine looks like and ensured that Penn will be the epicenter of the very best care for generations to come.” Kevin Mahoney, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

Credits

 Philadelphia
 Pennsylvania, USA
 Penn Medicine
 Hospital
 10/2021
 6689 mq
 Confidential
 Foster + Partners/HDR
 Dave Freedman, Alice Cao
 LF Driscoll/Balfour Beatty
 Dan Schwalm/Foster + Partners

Curriculum

Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, urbanism, engineering and design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967. With offices across the world, the practice works as a single entity that is both ethnically and culturally diverse, with people central to all our endeavours.

Practice Structure
The partners, who are all shareholders, are the core of the practice. They are central to our continuing evolution and take responsibility for all projects, which are shared amongst our six architectural studios. Maintaining the design ethos of the practice, the Design Board reviews every project at all its different stages. Day-to-day management of the practice is provided by the Management Board, which is drawn from the wider group of senior partners and partners. The Partnership Board then oversees the strategic direction of the entire practice.

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