Inside the Design of Penn Medicine's new Pavilion

September 1, 2017 | DesignPhiladelphia

Date/Time: 10/10/17 from 4-6 PM
Location: 3737 Market Street, 12th Floor
Title: Penn Medicine's Pavilion: Designing Healthcare for the Future

Penn Medicine's new Pavilion will provide a new clinical facility adding approximately 500 new beds and a relocated Emergency Department, expected to be completed in 2021. Meet representatives of PennFIRST, the joint design and construction team that is working in a single co-location space under innovative contract arrangements to plan, design and build this facility. PennFIRST team representatives for this event will include staff from Penn Medicine, UPenn FRES, HDR, Foster+Partners, BR+A, and LF Driscoll/Balfour Beatty JV. 

Here's Penn Medicine's take on the importance of good design in healthcare:

What does design mean to you and how does your event express it? 

At the heart of the Pavilion’s design is flexibility. Future proofing the building offers the ability to adapt quickly and seamlessly to the evolving patient needs, medicine, and technology – now and in centuries to come. The 500 acuity adaptable private rooms have been designed to support varying types of care from intensive care to medical-surgical with dedicated space for family to stay with the patient. Rooms feature an interactive footwall that allows the patient to customize their environment, as well as serving as real-time information and teaching aid for clinicians. As medicine and technology continue to advance, the flexible design will serve as a platform for the future state of healthcare delivery.

Designing for flexibility requires collaboration and innovation with multidisciplinary experts. PennFIRST has partnered with Penn Medicine clinical, facilities, and patient experts to reimagine patient care delivery.  A colocation space is being utilized as a working lab, challenging conventional approaches and exploring new and innovative solutions to optimize patient, family and staff experiences. On October 10th, 2017, guests will tour the collaborative working space, meet the PennFIRST team, and learn more about the flexible and future-proofing design of the new Pavilion.

What do you hope attendees take away from attending your event?
Guests will get a glimpse into PennFIRST and the team-designing and constructing of the Pavilion. PennFIRST demonstrates that collaboration drives innovation, setting a new benchmark in designing the future of health care delivery.

What are two questions that you would like to ask your event participants?

  • What features would you consider for future proofing design of the Pavilion?
  • How can design of the Pavilion respond to the needs of patients, families, staff and community?

What are some of the trends you see in design in Philadelphia?

Healthcare continues to be a growing sector of architecture in Philadelphia. A flexible design anticipates the changing needs of the healthcare field. Critical to that process is multidisciplinary collaboration and inclusion of expert feedback in designing flexible solutions to the unique needs of users, creating a more personal experience and better patient outcomes.


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