Penn Medicine is on the grind to open part of a new hospital tower in University City ahead of schedule, in an effort to combat the swole influx of COVID-19. Within the past month, all "nonessential businesses" have been closed across the state of Pennsylvania, including construction. However, officials from Penn Medicine are allowing for expedited construction on the 17-story, 1.5-million-sq-ft patient tower as long as it ensures the safety of the workers onsite. "Our CEO called me and asked how many rooms we could give him in 10 days," said Steve Greulich, Penn Medicine associate vice president of capital projects. "He gave us 24 hours to figure it out."
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