The opportunity

 Gilbane Building Company is providing preconstruction and construction management services for Albert Einstein Healthcare Network’s (AEHN) new regional medical center. This project replaces an outdated facility acquired by AEHN, as well as expands their services to a broader area in the more affluent suburbs of Philadelphia.

We supported AEHN in the project development phase, utilizing our Healthcare Cost Advisor (HCA) to align capital cost and clinical program with their business plan for development. Dozens of major and minor revisions were developed in the HCA program to quickly bring the entire team to the “right-sized” project early in the project launch phase. This was done before the project proceeded into schematic design, thus assuring that the work would not be documented before it was determined as ‘affordable.’

The solution

Once a golf course, the building is situated on an 84-acre greenfield site that will be re-constructed to include the new hospital, surface parking, and a medical office building. The new five-story facility will create 146 licensed beds comprised of critical care, medical/surgical services, and an entire floor dedicated to mothers and infants services. The mothers and infants program co-locates the labor and delivery rooms (LDRs), C-Section rooms, neo-natal intensive care beds (NICU), and the well-baby nursery. Ancillary and diagnostic services to support the inpatient and outpatient populations include imaging, a peri-operative suite, and new emergency department.

Working with us, Perkins + Will went through numerous iterations of the design and massing to create the most economical relationships between the beds, support services, administration, and ambulatory care. The highlight of the newly constructed building is the five-story atrium that brings light and air into the building and is accessible to all of the inpatient units.

Technical information

  • Architect: Perkins + Will
  • 360,000 square feet
  • $156 million
  • Targeting LEED certification
  • Construction: Spring of 2010 and complete mid-2012