2022 ABC Keystone Excellence in Construction Award Winner
The Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center is a 341,000-square-foot acute care hospital that opened in the fall of 2022. The facility features 129 private inpatient beds, with the capacity to expand by 24 additional beds, an emergency department, various specialty inpatient services, an imaging lab, complete medical and surgical capabilities, and an attached medical office building for outpatient services. Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center will give Lancaster and York County residents additional access to Penn State Health’s expertise and specialty services locally.
The Witmer Group provided masonry and waterproofing-related services at the Penn State Lancaster Medical Center. The masonry scope included masonry veneer for 350,000+ square feet, 60,000 sf two-story medical arts building and CMU walls within the parking structure, 395,000 norman brick, 80,000 sf of foil-faced polyisocyanurate insulation, and 6,700 standard gray CMU. The waterproofing and caulking scope included 85,555 square feet of Carlisle Coatings and Waterproofing’s Fire Resist 705 FRA, 6,389 linear feet of Pecora Corporations 890NST, and furnish and install 247 linear feet of Sika Emseal’s – 2”, 2.5” and 6” Seismic Colorseal. The Witmer Group provided highly skilled, talented, and resourceful crews who could quickly adapt to diverse challenges while satisfying safety, productivity, and quality.
The building reflects a colorful and breathtaking Ashmont brick and a harmonized running of manganese iron spot smooth brick around the base. The brick came with unique features that required the masonry team to alter standard operations. The Ashmont brick is a lime-coated brick that creates beautiful tones of blue/gray, dark gray, tan, white, and even some light-yellow tones. Jobsite conditions and clean-down techniques play a vital role in the finished appearance of a lime-coated brick building.
The Lancaster Medical Center will enhance an already vibrant network of primary and specialty care providers across Lancaster County. Expanding this footprint will help ensure residents of these communities have access, quality, and choice of care as close to home as possible. The hospital will also create new clinical and research opportunities for learners and investigators at Penn State College of Medicine and hundreds of well-paying jobs, both that occurred during construction and after the hospital opens. The building now stands as a remarkable piece of artwork, withstanding the test of time, as a prominent milestone in healthcare.