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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia

Photo: Halkin/Mason Photography
Photo: Halkin/Mason Photography

There were multiple goals for an expansion and renovation project at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The medical center is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which also includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital. The University of Pennsylvania Health System wanted to move its trauma operations from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Additionally, the project needed to update existing ambulatory and acute care interiors, clarify circulation systems and upgrade the patient experience.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center houses a trauma center on the first floor and 60 inpatient beds on upper floors. The expansion includes a new, six-story, 180,000-square-foot Advanced Care Pavilion.

EwingCole designed the exterior with a large ribbon of gray- and slate-colored masonry and metal panels. The ribbon incorporates the building base, rises and wraps around a large surface of glass, screening a penthouse and helipad. The blue and gray ribbon juxtaposes a printed terra cotta red screen on the building’s glass surface. The terra cotta print ties to the site’s brick context.

EwingCole specified five main colors of metal panels for the project, four blues and a silver/gray. The panels were variegated to break up the large surface of metal, provide visual interest and depth. EDA Contractors Inc. installed 24,000 square feet of CENTRIA’s Formawall insulated metal panels (IMPs) in embossed Sundance Mica. The IMPs were produced in Granite Peak, Bracing Blue, Normandy, Storm Cloud and Silversmith. There are also trim components in Pewter. The $144 million project was completed in January 2017.