The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is getting ready to welcome the largest capital and innovative project ever!
This 1.5 million square-foot project has been recognized as the most comprehensive project on the East Coast to use an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach. According to the American Institute of Architects, IPD is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction!
The 17-story hospital which is situated in downtown Philadelphia will include 500 private rooms, an inpatient care unit for heart and vascular patients, neurology and neurosurgery units, a cancer center, and an emergency department.
The project managers have been able to cut down on several factors by working together in “co-location spaces” that contain individual workstations, meeting areas, and full-size mock-up rooms. This approach has allowed the construction crew to ensure cohesion and reduce waste. The project has included a heavy reliance on prefabrication of mechanical, plumbing, and drywall work. Nearly 504 bathroom pods and 47 zone valve boxes for medical gas are being constructed in a 60,000-square-foot factory-like warehouse which are then shipped to the site located two miles away! A single bathroom pod can be completed in 80 work hours and a team of 26 workers can construct 14 pods simultaneously.
This project is set to open in Spring 2020!