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Penn Medicine Interventional Support Center

Integrated architecture and engineering services for a facility to centralize and standardize sterilization for the health system

  • 110K

    Square Feet

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This facility is the largest healthcare sterilization center in the country and the first of its kind in Pennsylvania

Seeking new solutions to improve efficiency and quality, Penn Medicine envisioned a new offsite Interventional Support Center (ISC) to support its healthcare facilities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The ISC would centralize the sterilization of surgical instruments and linens and storage of surgical supplies and soft goods.

Our integrated team of healthcare planners, architects, designers, engineers, and industrial designers was enlisted to design the new facility. We tested and validated solutions using time motion studies and simulation modeling to identify gaps and bottlenecks in the flow of instruments and supplies. The resulting solution is a one-way processing flow including a series of airlocked vestibules, decontamination area, assembly sterilization area, and sterilizers. The facility features HEPPA filtration and redundancy in all building systems including generator back-up. A separate administrative suite includes office space and workstations for employees. Amenities for staff include a break room, conference room, a mother’s room, and locker rooms.

Consolidation of services through the new ISC will standardize instrument processing, instrument sets, and soft goods across the health system. This raises the bar for efficiency to exemplify an unwavering commitment to patient care.

At a Glance

  • HSC Builders & Construction Manager
Healthcare Design - Clean Slate
Meet Our Team

Scott Huff, Senior Principal

I work collaboratively with our clients to deliver projects in new ways and create spaces where they can excel.

Clarissa Redding, Architect

Strong relationships are the foundation for success—they open the door for teamwork, new ideas, and delivering successful projects.

John L. Patten, Principal

I enjoy taking a client’s concepts and goals and converting them into a spatial environment that not only creates a beautiful work atmosphere, but also enhances work flow efficiency in the process.

Carl Shilling, Principal

Sustainability and energy conservation is key in healthcare. It’s a 24/7 solution for facilities that serve our communities 24/7.

Eric Konopka, Project Designer

My passion is designing healthcare facilities that create a valuable care experience for the patients, staff, and visitors.

Scott Huff

Senior Principal

Clarissa Redding


John L. Patten


Carl Shilling


Eric Konopka

Project Designer

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