Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital


Hershey, PA / United States



Total Square Footage

252,000 GSF


Children's Hospital


LEED-NC 2.2 Registered

This new Children’s Hospital includes 72 private beds, a ten-room OR suite and a 30 bay PACU that serves the entire medical center. Also within the scope is an expansion of building support services – through both renovation and new construction – including a pharmacy, central sterile, food service and materials management facilities. The building completes the new Clinical Quadrangle Master Plan, which also includes a Cancer Institute, Hospital Lobby and a Parking Garage.

While the overall massing of the Children’s Hospital responds to the geometry of the Arc, the use of a richer palette of shapes, colors and materials communicates the building’s unique identity as a place for children and families. A series of courtyards ranging from large, public gathering spaces to private healing spaces, secret gardens and a rooftop terrace joins the network of existing green spaces that connect building occupants back to the landscape.

Inside, the spatial strategy is shaped by the way a patient or a family will move through the spaces. The first floor emphasizes movement by providing a major path that engage the most public programmatic elements. The upper levels offer a more prescribed path, like a river that courses through the patient floors. Throughout, the theme of Healing with Nature is displayed through murals, interactive walls, colors and finishes.

Photography: © Warren Jagger Photography


  • 2014Boston Society of Architects, Healthcare Facilities, Award
  • 2014Architizer A+ Special Mention, Health & Wellness
  • 2013Modern Healthcare, Award of Excellence

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