July 11, 2017
Penn Medicine set a Philadelphia record over the weekend — not for anything health-related, but instead for a construction feat.
For the health system's New Patient Pavilion facility in University City, which is being constructed by a joint venture of LF Driscoll and Balfour Beatty, crews completed what Penn claims is the largest single concrete pour in city history.
The pour obviously required a lot of manpower and quite a bit of — you guessed it — concrete. Some of the sheer numbers:
• 6,540 cubic yards of concrete
• More than 120 workers
• 654 concrete trucks
• The nonstop pour took 14 hours
• The concrete was poured onto 965 tons of reinforcement steel that serves as part of the building's foundation
On Tuesday, Penn released a time-lapse video of the pour, which you can watch below:
It appears the record Penn broke was that set by construction for the W and Elements Hotel at 15th and Chestnut streets. That pour, which took place in August 2016, dumped 5,850 cubic yards of concrete onto the site, according to Philly Curbed.
Penn Medicine's New Patient Pavilion will be a 17-story facility and will include 500 inpatient rooms, an ER and a hub that will connect it to other parts of the hospital's campus. It's set to open in 2021.