UPMC unveils plans for new tower at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

PITTSBURGH — UPMC on Tuesday night unveiled further details for a tower at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, which if approved would begin construction in the summer of 2022 and open in the fall of 2026.

The 900,000-square-foot project as planned will include 636 private rooms in disease-specific units as well as intensive care, stepdown and discharge at what is Pittsburgh’s biggest hospital. It will be 17 stories high and no higher than 300 feet above the street. The inpatient tower would be at the corner of Fifth Avenue and De Soto Street, on the site of the old Children’s Hospital in Oakland, and the garage would be below between Presbyterian Hospital and the inpatient tower.

The ICU and stepdown units would be on the second floor and the next 11 floors, 3 through 14, would be inpatient units. The top floors would be reserved for cooling and electrical units. It will also include a 450-car garage and an entry garden outside, plus amenities that include retail, a pharmacy, guest fitness area and family respite, among other features. UPMC plans to keep the existing helicopter pad instead of building a new one.

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