The Penn State Board of Trustees on Friday approved final plans and expenditure of funds for the Penn State Children’s Hospital overbuild project and the third phase of the East Halls renovation -- to the tune of $232.6 million.
The children’s hospital overbuild has an estimated budget of $148.1 million, while the third phase of the East Halls renovation comes in at an expected $84.5 million.
Expected to be complete by 2020, the children’s hospital overbuild includes adding three floors and renovating about 14,000 square feet of the existing fifth floor. The 126,000-square-foot addition will house labor and delivery, postpartum patient rooms, pediatric patient rooms and a neonatal intensive care unit.
“The timing of this plan project is mainly driven by current capacity challenges for adult beds in the medical center,” said David Gray, Penn State’s senior vice president for finance and business.
Not only does over-capacity impact the hospital’s operational flow, lack of bed space also means potential patients are turned away, he said.
Construction is slated to begin in April.
The third phase of the East Halls project includes renovating Brumbaugh, Pinchot and Tener halls. It’s scheduled to be completed for occupancy in fall 2019.
The building updates include additions to provide common space, replacement of aging and inefficient building systems, ADA accessibility improvements and connection to the campus chilled water system for air conditioning.
“When the long-term Housing and Food Services capital plan was being developed in 2013, the university was faced with an aging housing stock that was primarily erected quickly to address the enrollment booms of the last century,” Gray said. “Over the years, much-needed renovations were delayed in efforts to control room and board rates. We were faced with facilities at higher risk of a major building failure.”
The HFS capital plan spans 15 years, from 2013-28, and was developed to address those urgent needs in the most cost-effective and responsible way, he said.
The first phase of the East Halls project involved the now finished Earle Hall and renovation of Stuart Hall, which is expected to reopen for summer. The second phase consists of the construction of a new Martin Hall and renovation of McKean and Pennypacker halls, all scheduled to open in the fall.