University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
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University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2008 46,452 m²

The new Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects in a joint venture with Perkins Eastman for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is a 1.3-million-square-foot (120,900-square-meter) ambulatory care and cancer center, designed to integrate the surgery, cardiology, imaging, and cancer departments of the University of Pennsylvania Health System within one state-of-the-art building. The project also outlines a master plan for future expansion that will include health care, retail, cultural, and public spaces. The building greatly increases the site’s density and offers a new public gathering space while the master plan provides a clear framework for future growth in West Philadelphia.

The U-shaped facility houses the clinical departments and wraps around a transparent, 110-foot-high (33.5-meter) atrium, topped by a wood-clad volume that houses two stories of conference rooms and executive offices. Located at the termination of 34th Street, the eight-story glazed atrium provides the focal point for the building entrance and a prominent urban landmark. Sightlines throughout the atrium orient visitors, while public areas and some clinical spaces and offices are placed along the building perimeter to maximize natural lighting and outward views for visitors and staff. Exceptions are made for rooms that need privacy and carefully controlled light—examination rooms, labs, and operating rooms—which are placed in the center of the floor plates. Seven elevator and stair cores maximize efficient circulation routes.

A 30 x 30-foot-square (9.15 x 9.15-meter) structural steel grid provides optimum space for current clinical requirements allowing for horizontal placement of departments to encourage interaction among physicians. At the same time, the grid offers flexibility to accommodate possible reconfiguration of departments. Currently, the eastern and western wings house clinical departments, while the lower levels provide services needed by all parts of the facility including radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

The hospital has earned LEED Silver certification through a host of “green” strategies: a highly reflective roof to reduce heat island effect, electric car charging stations, bike parking, showers for bicyclists, and the use of local steel.

As the hospital expands, the master plan specifies that future construction be similarly arranged around the perimeter of the building, in order to preserve the prominence of the central atrium and to maintain the pedestrian scale of the streetscape.