HFR provided Wilkes-Barre General Hospital architectural, structural engineering and interior design services to vertically expand and renovate an existing patient tower. The project expanded their ED/Heart Center to accommodate the relocation of critical care services by constructing two new stories totaling 32,000 SF and renovating an additional 20,000 SF of existing space. An additional story sits atop the mechanical penthouse to access the roof-based helistop, a key element in the facility’s progress towards a trauma designation.

An additional 34 ICU rooms were added, a new mechanical penthouse, rooftop helistop, upgrades and privatization to more than 200 existing patient rooms, all part of the overall capital project. The circulation corridors and support cores of each patient wing were also updated.

Due to the new critical care unit, the hospital is designated as an accredited and certified trauma center. The accreditation allows the hospital to treat locally those who have experienced trauma. This was a complex urban project offering new levels of care to the community.