Though this project had several challenges, our engineers were familiar with the space due to previous work
In response to the anticipated adoption of USP 800 requirements, Penn Medicine was looking to update their Pennsylvania Hospital Pharmacy. With these new guidelines, the existing conditions in the basement of the main hospital were not able to supply the required square footage or adjacencies.
Penn Medicine engaged Stantec to provide architecture, interior design, and engineering services for the relocation and renovation of the pharmacy. As we began design, it became clear that the original 1926 building with newer code requirements was going to require creativity. We coordinated with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and developed an L-shaped plan with solutions to supply the main hospital quickly. The ninth floor challenged our engineers as building power requirements needed to be upgraded and new high-density storage equipment required significant structural support. It is fortunate our engineers had upgraded the entire building infrastructure a few years prior with enabling services.
As the new USP 800 guidelines would establish major health safety requirements benefitting pharmacists and technicians, getting on top of these requirements was in Penn Medicine’s best interest. The renovation enabled the Pennsylvania hospital to accommodate these guidelines and keep their high-security pharmacy in compliance.
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