PHILADELPHIA – Penn Medicine’s new office tower located on Civic Center Boulevard in Philadelphia – has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. The 300,000 square-foot, 10-story building, which opened in 2018, provides a state-of-the art collaborative workplace for crucial health system support functions including Information Technology and Human Resources.
A LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol that promotes achievement in sustainable design and construction. In order to become LEED certified, a building must accrue a certain number of credits based on specific environmental criteria both in design and construction ranging from the use of energy efficient systems and healthy materials to the recycling of construction waste.
“At Penn Medicine, we have set a firm goal to have all of our buildings reach LEED Silver or better, and we were able to accomplish that soon after this facility opened,” said Bruce Hunt, a project manager in Real Estate, Design, and Construction at Penn Medicine, who led the project from concept to completion. “We worked closely with the architect Perkins and Will, and the construction manager IMC Construction, from the beginning of the project to carefully incorporate specific LEED features.”
Among many others, these features include a full green roof that absorbs rainwater and controls the storm water runoff. The building takes advantage of the nearby University of Pennsylvania chilled water plant to limit environmental impact, and employs an innovative “chilled beam” HVAC system that provides highly efficient heating and cooling to the office spaces. In addition to these systems, the building was designed to use many locally sourced materials, limiting the carbon footprint that would result from shipping nationally and internationally. Additionally, over 70 percent of the packaging materials that arrived at the construction site were sorted and recycled in an effort to limit trash waste. To promote eco-friendly modes of transportation, the site features more than 200 bike racks both inside the parking garage and outside the main entrance for employees and visitors.
Over the past ten years, Penn Medicine placed significant emphasis on its sustainability and design in new building projects. In 2018, the health system broke ground on the new Penn Medicine Radnor with LEED in mind, in 2014 the Penn Medicine Valley Forge location earned LEED certification, and in 2011 – two years after its opening – the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine reached LEED certification. Penn Medicine’s newest hospital, the $1.5 billion Pavilion, which is currently under construction and slated to open in 2021, is being designed with mechanisms for water re-use, will utilize 100 percent outside air, and will be home to a park-like, outdoor green space for patients, families and staff.
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.6 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $494 million awarded in the 2019 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.
Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 43,900 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2019, Penn Medicine provided more than $583 million to benefit our community.