IKM Inc

Lancaster General Hospital Orthopedic Center and New Main Entrance


Location: Lancaster, PA
Completion: 2004
Project Area: 340,000 ft2
Services: Architecture


The project comprises 340,000 SF of new construction including a front entry atrium, a 4-story orthopedic center, and a 5-1/2 story vertical addition to an existing building.The new four-story building reestablishes the sidewalk boundary and garden yard for the neighborhood. The new facade includes building elements such as pre-cast spandrels and mullion treatments that are sympathetic to the scale of the neighboring row houses.

The front entry retreats from the street as a concave motor court that invites both vehicles and pedestrians through an elegant walled garden approach to the building.  Guests can be dropped off before proceeding to the adjacent garage or a new Valet Service is available to speed entry into the facility.  The existing garage is faced screened with a new screen wall that mimics the exterior language of the Orthopedic Center and extends the new unifying architecture across the south end of the campus.   New towers anchor the entry and make visual reference to other historic civic buildings in the community.


“…our thanks for your outstanding efforts in the visionary design of our new LGH Orthopedic Center and Main Entrance Pavilion..”
– Chairperson, Board of Directors Lancaster General Hospital


The building entrance is a four-story atrium bathed in natural light, and clothed with natural materials including marble and cherry.  A new bridge sweeps through a stand of structural column trees, connecting the Orthopedic Center with the older hospital.  Opposite the front door an interior water wall offers allure and retreat as a screen separating the atrium from a new Chapel and Meditation area.  Other lobby amenities include concierge service, gift shop, reception desk, player grand piano, patient resource center, gracious seating and gourmet café.  This new lobby serves as the gateway for both the Orthopedic Center and the Hospital.