Since its founding in 1855, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has transformed pediatric healthcare and saved countless lives. Located on Civic Center Boulevard, just across from the main hospital, the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care’s is CHOP’s innovative outpatient center, bringing specialty treatment and rehabilitation services to young patients.
Joyful and uplifting spirit promotes wellness
Stretching twelve stories high in exuberant colors, the center’s softly stacked forms cascade from the sky, inspiring young imaginations. The main lobby’s curved walking ramp sweeps up three levels with interactive spaces that invite exploration and discovery. A sprawling rooftop garden and abundant green space at ground level offer plenty of fresh air, places to play and gather, and quiet corners to pause and reflect.
“Depicting the playfulness of children helps reinforce the idea of a positive medical experience.” — Cesar Pelli, FAIA, RIBA, JIA
At the forefront of an evolving healthcare landscape
Welcoming and easy to navigate, light-filled spaces abound with connection
to the outdoors from everywhere within the building. Care is provided through groups of collaborating specialists that operate as “neighborhoods of care,” simplifying visits for patients and families. All on the same floor, a patient can visit an orthopedic surgeon, have x-rays, get casting, and receive physical therapy. The flexible design is adaptable for future changes in healthcare delivery and can be converted for office, research, or in-patient uses.
More About the Project
- Architect of Record: FKP Architects
- Structural Engineer: Le Messurier
- MEP: Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC
- Landscape Architecture: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape
- Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Client: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Size: 700,000 sq. ft. / 65,032 sq. m.
- Height: 192 ft. / 56 m.
- Completion: 2015
- Certification: LEED Silver
- Firm Role: Design Architect
- 2016, Healthcare Best Project, ENR Mid-Atlantic Region
- 2016, Excellence in Craftsmanship, General Building Contractors Association (GBCA)
- 2017, The National Best of the Best Winner—Healthcare, Engineering News Record
- 2017, Award of Merit, Healthcare Design Awards
- Project Photography: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO