First Look: Philadelphia Neurological Institute

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
First Look: Philadelphia Neurological Institute

Each month, features up-and-coming projects in healthcare design. This month, they featured Philadelphia Neurological Institute and gave us a first look. The design elements that stand out the most are the transparent entry, the number of glass windows that allow abundant natural light, and of course the sculptural staircase wrapped in a warm welcoming, wood tones. See it below. (source)

The Philadelphia Neurological Institute (PNI) in Upland, Pa., serves as a space that connect clinicians, patients, and industry partners for care delivery and research. The project purposely integrates a “hub” where patients, caregivers, family members, and researchers are brought together for collaboration and idea-sharing. This space overtly ensures more frequent interaction between disciplines.

Slated to open in 2023, the project will:

  • Unite all neuro-disciplines in a singular building.
  • Be designed without departments to allow health professionals and researchers to work collaboratively and fuel discovery in new ways.
  • Focus on translational health and knowledge transfer, organizing spaces to bring research and clinician teams closer together to improve overall health outcomes.

Designed by the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign (Los Angeles), the 350,000-square-foot project will house 145 patient beds and include operating rooms, a radiology/imaging suite, intensive care unit beds, a rehabilitation center, emergency department, and an outpatient care center. Additionally, the project includes a wing that houses commercial and development partners to conduct research in collaboration with institute clinicians focused on neurologic health.

The building offers a unitized curtain wall system for its exterior façade with alternating vertical metal panels and insulated glass units that vary in width depending on the amount of privacy and natural light needed. The building also embraces the outdoors with access and views of outdoor rooftop gardens and connections to the surrounding trails and woodland campus.

Project Details

Facility name: Philadelphia Neurological Institute

Location: Upland, Pa.

Expected completion date: 2023

Owner: Flagler Healthcare Investments

Total building area: 350,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: Confidential

Cost/sq. ft.: Confidential

Architecture firm: CannonDesign

Interior design: CannonDesign

General contractor: TBD

Engineering: TBD

Builder: TBD


Tracey Walker, Managing Editor. “Projects.” HCD Magazine FIRST LOOK Philadelphia Neurological Institute Comments,

Photo Credit:

Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped develop modern design for healthcare organizations locally, regionally and internationally. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff

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