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St. Christopher's Embarks on Expansion Project

Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been a nationally-recognized provider of pediatric care for the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Continuing its rich history of healthcare innovation and leadership, St. Christopher’s has embarked on a $110 million expansion project, which will allow the hospital to further increase the scope and efficacy of its medical programs and accommodate up to 50% more patients. Torcon was selected to handle all preconstruction and construction phase construction management services for this important project, which is slated for completion in mid-2015.

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The expansion is the first major hospital construction the hospital has undergone since 1990. The program began with a renovation of the Operating Room Suite, which was completed late last year. The second phase of the program is underway and encompasses development of the Center for the Urban Child, a new 30,000 square foot medical office building designed to increase health care accessibility for the surrounding community.

The final and largest part of the project is construction of a new four-floor, 135,000 square foot Pediatric Critical Care Tower. Torcon has already completed an enabling project, to temporarily relocate the hospital's main entrance. Tower construction activities will commence in mid-spring.

When improvements are complete, the hospital will have added 50 new critical care beds and 60 Level IIIC neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds, on top of the 189 beds already in use at the hospital. The additional beds will be installed in larger, more private critical care rooms, each incorporating advanced medical technologies and designed to comfortably accommodate visiting relatives and friends.

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The overall program is logistically complex given site restrictions, the location of construction zones relative to roads, parking and pedestrian paths. With hundreds of children and their families visiting the hospital daily, Torcon is maintaining a strong focus on the safety of patients and visitors.

Once the hospital construction project is finished in 2016, the expansion will allow for comprehensive, first-rate pediatric care, which will only further increase St. Christopher’s stellar reputation in the Philadelphia region and beyond.