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Check Out Penn Museum's New Look Post-Penn Tower Demo

The new $1.5 billion patient pavilion is designed by Foster + Partners

The hulking Penn Tower, an aging building that served as housing for Penn Medicine, has been undergoing demolition for nearly a year to make room for the hospital's new patient pavilion, designed by Foster + Partners.

Recently, Penn Museum posted an Instagram photo that showed how its backdrop has changed since the tower's demolition.

Fun fact: Penn Museum has used vibration sensors to protect its thousands of artifacts during the entire demolition process.

Meanwhile, plans for the new $1.5 billion patient pavilion were OK'd last week by the city planning commission. It will include 500 patient rooms, an ER department, and a parking garage.

The plans were approved ahead of the Civic Design Review (CDR). When questioned by design committee chair Nancy Rogo Trainer why the plans were being presented without the committee's input, presenter Martin Gregorski said they were waiting until final plans were approved by Penn before bringing it to the CDR.

A spokesperson for Penn told the Philadelphia Inquirer that those plans are still "in the early stages."

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