Penn Medicine speeds up construction of $1.5B Philly hospital by 15 months during coronavirus crisis | Dump Trucks Charlotte NC
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- Construction is hurrying along for the University of Pennsylvania Health System's (Penn Medicine) Pavilion, a $1.5 billion, 17-story, 1.5-million-square-foot hospital on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).
- The Pavilion, which will add about 120 beds, is expected to open in mid-April, a spokesperson for Penn Medicine, which operates HUP, said in a statement. With construction continuing 24/7, the project would be completed 15 months ahead of schedule.
- Although Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf shut down all construction projects in the state, the Pavilion, along with other healthcare projects, got approval from the governor and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council to continue construction to increase capacity for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
- “These construction teams are an essential part of the healthcare workforce that is answering the call to serve our community during this global pandemic,” the spokesperson said in a statement submitted to Construction Dive.
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The exterior of the Pavilion was finished in late 2019, according to a Penn Medicine blog, and columbus oh dump truck company shifted to interior halls and lounges. Now, crews are working to bring about 120 of the planned 500 total patient rooms online in the short term, the spokesperson said.
“These construction teams are an essential part of the healthcare workforce that is answering the call to serve our community during this global pandemic,” the spokesperson said.
One half of the 120 beds will be in the emergency department and one half will be inpatient rooms designed for longer-term patient care. However, parts of the interior will not be completed when the rooms open for patients.
“The building is about 75% completed and about a year away from completion, but the project team has been dedicated to figuring out how we can get these rooms fully functioning as quickly as possible,” said Stephen Greulich, Penn Medicine’s associate vice president for large capital projects, in the blog post.
While the hospital has received special permission from Wolf to continue construction, several other Pennsylvania construction projects have continued without that permission, according to ABC6 Action News.
In January and February, China reportedly built two coronavirus hospitals in a few weeks to help with the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases. As infections went down, the hospitals were closed.