Located in East Norriton, Pa., the newly completed Einstein Medical Center Montgomery has achieved LEED-NC Silver certification. Designed by the New York office of Perkins+Will for the Einstein Healthcare Network of Philadelphia, the 360,000-square-foot, 146-bed acute care facility is the first new hospital in southeastern Pennsylvania in more than a decade.
Built by Gilbane to serve the needs of both the medical center’s patients and the community, the fully integrated, best-in-class facility offers 24-hour emergency care, cardiac services, minimally invasive robotic surgery, a neonatal intensive care unit and more.
Emerging from the bucolic landscape and seated adjacent to a 690-acre farm park, the facility offers a peaceful setting for both patients and employees. A multi-story glass curtain wall encloses the dramatic atrium / waiting area and creates a vast picture window to the outdoors. Inside, a collaborative care environment has been optimized with caregiver and nursing stations located outside each room, convertible sleeper sofas for visitors and enhanced workflow layouts.
“For the design of Einstein Montgomery we have provided our client and their patients with an aesthetically appealing environment that offers seamlessness of function, abundant access to daylight and views, high performance acoustic design and regionally relevant colors and materials,” says Carolyn BaRoss, Perkins+Will New York’s interior design principal.
Other sustainable features include native landscaping that does not require potable irrigation, optimized mechanical systems that reduce operational energy and water costs and building materials with high percentages of recycled and regionally sourced content. Thirty acres of open space was preserved on the grounds for development of walking trails for patients, staff and the public, a nod to active design — creating spaces that encourage healthy lifestyles and work to combat ills such as obesity.