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  The Reading Hospital & Medical Center
School of Health Sciences


IKM Incorporated
One PPG Place, Second Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

General Description

Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Apr 2006 Construction Period: June 2006 to Oct 2007
Total Square Feet: 61,400 Site: 5.398 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 25,000; second floor, 20,000; each additional floor, 16,400; total, 61,400 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 12’8”; penthouse, 10’4”; total, 51’. 
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, aluminum panel. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Project Manager: Trammell Crow Company - 800 Cranberry Woods Drive, #260, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Structural Engineer: Multani & Associates - 955 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing, PA 19610
General Contractor: Skanska, USA - 516 Township Line Road, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Z&F Consulting - 57 West Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Landscape Architect: Wells Appel Land Strategies - 1516 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Reading Hospital & Medical Center School of Health Sciences

Simulation is the hot trend in healthcare technology right now, according to the director of the nursing education program at the new Reading School of Health Sciences. With the new building, designed by Pittsburgh architects, IKM Incorporated, the Reading Hospital and Medical Center can simulate the entire hospital experience for the multiple disciplines of health sciences. The nursing program is the largest of five main programs in the new facility that will accommodate nearly 400 students. Other disciplines include radiation technology, surgical technology, EMS training and clinical pastoral care. 

The Reading Hospital and Medical Center School of Health Sciences’ new home is a three-story, 62,000-square-foot building on a site adjacent to the main hospital campus. The building includes a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms, skills and science laboratories, a tiered seminar classroom, computer facilities, faculty and administrative offices. There are also several informal gathering/study spaces throughout the building. The faculty lounge is adjacent to the main office suites and has access to a roof terrace and outdoor seating.

A hospitality scale has been applied to the public spaces on the ground and first floors, appropriate for the entrance of this important building serving the community’s educational needs. The other spaces are more closely detailed to the standards of university classrooms. There is a substantial audio/visual component to this project associated with all of the teaching labs, auditorium and the larger presentation spaces. This allows for content to be captured and shared through a variety of educational settings.

The IKM design team drew upon its deep knowledge-base of healthcare planning and design to create a teaching environment that is a true simulation of the clinical setting the students will be working in. Nursing units, patient rooms, imaging suites are all designed within the same parameters found in an actual hospital setting. The technology allows hands-on, clinical simulations that can be transmitted to nearby classrooms for real-time critiques by faculty and students. 

The facility has a strong architectural connection to the building traditions established on the main campus of The Reading Hospital & Medical Center. The design is tied to the Georgian character of the Hospital campus and draws on similar material selections for the building exterior. Brick and pre-cast blend with metal detailing to produce a suitable companion project. The new building extends the Hospital’s brand and the design aesthetic into the surrounding community. 

Site development started with the removal of an existing elementary school building and supporting structures and included the construction of new internal site circulation, parking, and hard-scape elements. These site modifications provide convenient access to the new building and associated entrance plaza and allow the building to occupy the dominant corner of the site.   


DIV. 7: Membrane: Firestone.
DIV. 9: Paint: Benjamin Moore; Flooring: Mondo, Forbo, Wausau Tile, Johnsonite, Toli. 
DIV. 26: Lighting: Bega, Kim, Lithonia, Ellipitar, Luthron, Peerless.

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