UPMC Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa., underwent a 20,000-square-foot renovation of its pediatrics unit. Designed by Stantec’s Philadelphia office, the new space offers positive distractions for patients, comfort for families, and efficiency for staff. The 20,000-square-foot renovation also focused on providing higher quality outcomes and improved patient and family experiences, with 11 new private and universal patient rooms allowing the flexibility to provide intensive care unit-level of care, as needed.

Beyond clinical areas, the unit’s dedicated play and activity area incorporates space for all ages, from toddlers to young adults. Within the play space, therapeutic and interactive programming helps to reduce stress while encouraging socialization and educational opportunities. Patients and families are welcomed and comforted by vibrant colors, floor patterns, and dynamic visuals. The overall unit plan provides openness to maintain staff sight lines and encourage a feeling of community for patients/families.

Each patient room has a dedicated decentralized nurses’ station and two main care team touchdown spaces that anchor the unit’s central core. Located within the central core, shared clinical support spaces are equal distance to all patient rooms to maximize efficiency. Additional staff support areas are located outside of the clinical area to provide privacy and separation while maintaining convenience and workflow.


Project details:

Facility name: UPMC Harrisburg, Pediatrics Unit

Location: Harrisburg, Pa.

Completion date January 2021

Owner: UPMC Harrisburg

Total building area: 20,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: Confidential

Cost/sq. ft.: Confidential

Architecture firm: Stantec

Interior design: Stantec

General contractor: Quandel Construction Co.

Engineering: Barton Associates (MEP/fire protection); O’Donnell & Naccarato Inc. (structural)

Interactive elements: Metcalfe Architecture & Design