UPMC / UPMC Presbyterian Tower


Location: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Size: Renovation: 35,210 SF
        Deconstructed: 414,000 SF

After building a new children’s hospital on another site, UPMC wished to partially demolish the old hospital building and engaged GBBN to design an innovative deconstruction solution that would create a new front door to the hospital’s campus. Strategic demolition is a growing need on aging hospital campuses and provides the opportunity to enhance existing facilities while making smart provisions for efficient future construction. Understanding the impact this demolition project could make, GBBN crafted a solution that provided a gateway to the campus, streamlined circulation, and introduced important green space within a dense urban community, all while providing flexibility for future development.

Envisioned as a lantern that would bring better public exposure to the facility, the preserved structural bays of the deconstructed Children’s Hospital becomes a circulation core to provide accessibility for patients arriving via non-emergency transportation and for medical staff. The structural bays are clad in an exterior high-performance rainscreen featuring large expanses of glass, creating a friendly beacon showcasing people, activity, and light on every floor.