The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has awarded contracts for new specialty hospitals at UPMC to three firms after an international architectural design competition.

The design plans for the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital, UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital, and UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital are part of a $2 billion investment.

HOK was selected for the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital at UPMC Mercy. The 410,000-square-foot, nine-story project will break ground in early spring 2019 and open in 2021. It will include collaborative space for clinicians, researchers, educators and industry partners.

HGA has been chosen for the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital at UPMC Presbyterian which is expected to break ground in late summer 2019 with a projected opening in 2023. The 900,000-square-foot, 18-story inpatient tower will include 620 private rooms.

NBBJ will design the UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital at UPMC Shadyside which is expected to open in 2023. The 240,000-square-foot, eight-story inpatient tower, slated to break ground in summer 2019, will feature 180 private rooms as well as a 160,000-square-foot, four-story outpatient care center.