Torcon has led the construction of a multi-phase expansion project at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia for the past three years. Recently, the final phase of the $110 million project was completed with the opening of the new 135,000-square-foot Critical Care Tower.
The four-story tower, designed by Ewing Cole, provides 110 critical care and Level IIIC neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds, on top of the 189 beds already in use at the hospital. With the additional rooms in a larger and more private setting, the new facility has upgraded the Hospital's clinical functionality with a strong focus on the overall well-being of patients and their families.
A major focus of the program was to realign patient and visitor traffic around the site and into the facility. The Critical Care Tower now serves as the Hospital’s main entrance and features a floor-to-ceiling mosaic of hand-placed marbles that adds a unique and cheerful element. The new lobby is distinguished by its grand curtain wall and architectural canopy that invites patients and visitors inside.
As a part of the initial phases of work, Torcon completed a 30,000 sq. ft. medical office building, known as the Center for the Urban Child. With more than 350 children already visiting clinics on site each day, the new building allows the hospital to accommodate up to 50 percent more patients. Torcon’s early work at St. Christopher’s also included hospital renovations and an expansion to the operating suites. During this construction, special precautions were taken to ensure there were no disruptions to the existing Operating Suites and all ICRA controls were enforced. As sound and vibration were primary concerns, construction was performed during off hours.
Torcon is proud to be a part of the expansion of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, as this project will allow the hospital to provide comprehensive, high-quality care to more children throughout the region while creating 300 permanent new jobs.