Marking an historic milestone in healthcare, Penn Medicine opened its doors to the largest LEED Gold healthcare project in the world.

The award-winning project included a 17-story, 1.5 million square foot hospital and featured 504 in-patient beds, 47 operation rooms, an emergency department, support services, connections to both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and 6 levels of underground parking.

Southland was part of the Integrated Project Delivery Team (IPD), collectively named PennFIRST, which included Penn Medicine, Foster + Partners, HDR, BR+A, LF Driscoll, and Balfour Beatty.

During the original planned construction, the COVID-19 pandemic became a significant global issue. In support of the pandemic, parts of this project were accelerated by 15 months to support Pennsylvania's pressing healthcare needs. The accelerated plans were backed by the IPD team's innovative efforts to provide COVID-19 response within two weeks.

The accelerated work request included bringing 120 rooms, an emergency department, and associated support spaces online. The emergency department floor consisted of 45,000 square feet of non-critical patient rooms and the patient floor included 58 low acuity patient rooms, totaling 36,000 square feet.