UPMC presents architects, plans for $2B, 3-hospital project

Pittsburgh-based UPMC has selected architecture firms and revealed design plans for its $2 billion investment to build three digitally centered specialty hospitals.

UPMC announced the investment in November. It will be used to build the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital, UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital and UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital, all in Pittsburgh. 

"UPMC is known worldwide for thinking unconventionally and pushing the limits for the best possible outcomes for our patients," said Jeffrey Romoff, president and CEO of UPMC.

"Our vision for healthcare of the future drew us to invite the most talented architects to create iconic buildings, which will be the expression of our cutting-edge, translational science and the creation of treatments and cures for the most devastating diseases that our patients experience in cancer, heart disease, transplantation, diseases of aging, vision restoration and rehabilitation," Mr. Romoff said.

UPMC selected different architecture firms for each project. HOK, based in New York and Washington, D.C., is designing the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital at UPMC Mercy. The 410,000 square-foot project, slated to open in 2021, will consist of nine stories for clinical care and research. It is "designed to be accessible for patients with limited mobility, low vision and no vision," according to UPMC.

Minneapolis-based HGA is designing the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital at UPMC Presbyterian. The 900,000-square-foot project will consist of an 18-story inpatient tower and 620 private rooms equipped with  digital technologies. It is slated to open in 2023.

NBBJ, based in New York City and Columbus, Ohio, is designing the UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital at UPMC Shadyside. Projected to open in 2023, the facility will include an eight-story, 240,000- square-foot inpatient tower and a 160,000-square-foot, four-story outpatient care center.

More information about the projects is available here.


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