London-based architect was part of delivery team that included Balfour Beatty

University of Penn hospital

Balfour Beatty has begun work on a Foster + Partners-designed $1.5bn (£1.2bn) US hospital for the University of Pennsylvania.

The two UK-based firms are part of a project team, PennFirst, that also includes American healthcare design firm HDR.  

The Pavilion on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus will house 500 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms in a 1.5m², 16-storey facility on the former site of Penn Tower.

It will house in-patient care for cancer, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as a new accident and emergency department.

PennFirst said the hospital had been “designed for health and wellbeing providing daylight and landscape views to patients and visitors and the ability to personalise each room”.

Nigel Dancey, Foster’s head of studio and senior executive partner and who is leading the project said: “When setting out to design a hospital, the requirement is normally to improve on the existing model. Instead, we questioned this approach.

“The effort and determination of our whole multidisciplinary team to investigate every single detail of healthcare delivery and hospital design to drive change will lead to a hospital that makes a new benchmark for the future of healthcare.”
The facility will be the largest capital project in Penn’s history.