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Children's Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Hospital helps young patients get the care they need in an environment dedicated to their health and comfort.
  • Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center-Gannett Fleming

    The five-story facility features a play area, outdoor courtyard, and family-friendly café.

  • The structural BIM model aided in the facility’s design and construction - Gannett Fleming

    The structural BIM model aided in the facility’s design and construction.

Pennsylvania State University

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Structural, Civil/Site.

263,000 square feet
Construction Cost
$207 million
New Construction
3 years
  • Child-friendly design caters to the needs of young patients and their families
  • Connection to adjacent hospitals provides access to additional care centers
  • 162 beds and 10 operating rooms serve thousands of children each year.

The Children’s Hospital at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center serves thousands of children each year as the area’s only Level I pediatric trauma center. The hospital was completed in 2011 as part of a master plan that included the construction of the adjacent Cancer Institute. 

A unique feature of this project is the owner’s upfront use of building information modeling (BIM) across all disciplines during the design and construction of the facility – a first for the center. In addition to its immediate value during the construction process, administrators utilized the BIM model during the operations and maintenance phase of a building's life cycle.

What We Did

The structural scheme of the facility incorporates structural steel framing supported by a deep-type foundation system and will accommodate a vertical expansion of three floors if needed in the future. Because of the limited construction site due to concurrent construction of the adjacent Cancer Center, the firm made shoring provisions for the lower level excavation. 

The additional construction in the area and an interim infill project also impacted existing utilities, challenging Gannett Fleming to be efficient with the hospital’s utility design. Site/civil engineers designed the relocation of an access road and a complex utility network to make room for the new building. Site improvements, such as the design of patient drop-off, services delivery areas, and stormwater facilities, add to the hospital’s functionality.

Key Features

  • BIM use across all disciplines was a first for the client
  • Maintenance of traffic throughout construction maintained hospital operations.

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