St. Christopher's Hospital for Children



  • Project Overview
  • Project Details

Philadelphia, PA

OR Upgrades – Completed 2013
Center for the Urban Child – Completed 2014
Temporary Hospital Entrance – Completed 2014
Critical Care Tower – Completed 2016

135,000 sq. ft. Critical Care Tower
30,000 sq. ft. Medical Office Building

Construction Management

Torcon was Construction Manager for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s $110 million expansion project in North Philadelphia.  The project included a new 135,000 sq. ft. Pediatric Critical Care Tower, a 30,000 sq. ft. medical office building, known as the Center for the Urban Child, as well as renovations and an expansion to the Operating Room area. Ewing Cole was architect for the overall project.

The construction of the Critical Care Tower, which was completed in 2016, added 50 critical care beds and 60 Level IIIC NICU beds nestled in large, private rooms. The four-story tower is an addition to the main hospital and will contain two floors of CCU beds and one floor of Neonatal Intensive Care beds. It also features a dentistry suite and physical therapy, and provides a new main entrance to the hospital complex.

The CCT lobby's design includes a floor-to-ceiling mosaic of hand-placed marbles that add a cheerful element to the entry way. This new entrance is distinguished by its grand curtain wall and architectural canopy that invites patients and visitors inside. The building will also include a second helipad for direct access to critical care.

As part of the program's initial phase of work, Torcon constructed an additional operating room in the main hospital. Special precautions were taken to ensure no disruptions to the existing Operating Suites during to the construction of the new OR.  Sensitivity to sound and vibration were primary concerns, so construction was performed during off hours. When emergencies called for unexpected visits to the OR, communication between Torcon and St. Christopher’s staff was essential to safely use the existing OR’s without disruption from surrounding construction. The new OR is serviced by a new rooftop air handling and HEPA unit.

Torcon also completed renovations of existing clinic space at the connection points from the tower. Full and intensive ICRA techniques were employed to isolate the hospital’s sterile environment. This carefully orchestrated plan allowed the hospital to maintain its normal work environment while necessary renovations were carried out a short distance away.