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Mount Nittany Medical Center – Patient Tower

Designing a sustainable and natural patient tower to provide respite where it’s needed most

  • $350M

    Construction Value

  • 300k

    Square Feet

  • 10


  • State College, Pennsylvania

    State College, Pennsylvania

Helping to create nature-focused moments

Mount Nittany Health is committed to its mission of ‘healthier people, stronger community’. Their new state-of-the-art patient tower answers this call, providing patients with award-winning care and transforming the patient and staff experience.

Our team provided architectural and interior design services to help bring the new tower to life. A previous master plan study identified only one viable option for location of the bed tower, in the middle of the healing garden that is so precious to patients and the care team. Creating the new tower amid the garden including ample views and access to outdoor spaces, became a guiding design principle. Our design, focused on sustainability and natural elements, provides patients with extensive care advances and healing spaces. We offset areas of the garden lost into the building by creating a dining terrace, rooftop staff garden, outdoor relaxation spaces, and a walking trail. Our design brings natural light into each patient room and captures views of nature.

Throughout the building, care was given to creating moments of respite for and to take advantage of the natural views. The result? Teams and patients now have a place to get the much-deserved relaxation time needed to recharge.

At a Glance

  • Mount Nittany Health
  • Barton Associates Inc.
Meet Our Team

Robert Corning, Senior Principal, Community Development

I work with clients to develop compelling exterior environments that improve the quality of life in our communities.
Robert Corning Senior Principal, Community Development Read More

Theodore Wilson, Associate, Architect

I take pride in bringing design thinking to the forefront of our healthcare projects that safely, and continuously, provide for communities.

Matt Eastman, Principal

As designers, there are few things as satisfying as the moment when the right solution reveals itself.

James Routh, Principal

We strive for excellence in healthcare design, finding innovative solutions that will ultimately lead to healthier lives for patients and their care givers.

Kristina Klingbeil, Interior Designer

The positive impact healthcare design can have on patients, their families, and staff is what continues to motivate me.

Robert Corning

Senior Principal, Community Development

Theodore Wilson

Associate, Architect

Matt Eastman


James Routh


Kristina Klingbeil

Interior Designer

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