Penn Medicine Radnor transforms a derelict suburban office park into a community-focused, sustainable, mixed-use development rooted in nature. The 250,000 SF ambulatory care center is designed for regeneration of both the site and human health. The building and its attached garage form a U-shape around a courtyard, integrating it into the surrounding landscape and blurring the distinction between indoors and outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling glass brings light and views inside, while landscaped gardens, walking paths and groves of native plants invite occupants outdoors. Inspired by environmental stewardship and biophilia, the design embraces nature, physically and philosophically. It fosters a holistic healing experience through a soothing palette, connections to nature, and dignified accommodations for patients, family and caregivers.
Recognizing the inherent stress of visiting an ambulatory care center, Ballinger took inspiration from the hospitality industry to create a healing environment that prioritizes the patient experience. Upon arrival, patients enter a light-filled lobby featuring a warm palette. Interior materials address functionality, durability and infection control concerns, and visually communicate tranquility.
The U-shaped plan focuses the public area of the building inward toward the courtyard. A circulation corridor around the interior garden enhances wayfinding and serves to orient patients. All suite entrances are situated around this courtyard, ensuring the patient experience is consistent regardless of treatment modality. Serene custom artwork employs color in support of wayfinding.
Unlike many ambulatory care centers, Penn Medicine Radnor is envisioned as one component of a mixed-use development, allowing for shared assets and complementary uses. An adjacent hotel and office building will share the site’s outdoor amenities and public transportation options.
Anticipated to achieve LEED Gold certification, the 4-story facility adheres to Penn Medicine’s commitment to sustainability. Over 250 new trees were planted and the surrounding landscape includes four rain gardens and native plants designed for all four seasons. Water management elements are woven naturally throughout the grounds, where they reduce the environmental impact of run-off and create a welcoming environment for visitors and the larger community, as well as for birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Radnor, PA | 250,000 SF
Architecture | Interior Design
AIA/AAH National Healthcare Design Award, 2021
Healthcare Design Showcase, Finalist, 2021
Brick Industry Association, Brick in Architecture Award, Silver, 2020