IKM Inc

Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital


Location: Reading, PA
Completion: 2009
Project Area: 186,000 ft2
Services: Programming, Planning, Architecture


IKM was selected in a competitive design process to program, plan and design a new post acute care hospital for The Reading Hospital and Medical Center (TRHMC) This new facility houses the entire post acute continuum of care.

The new building is a specialty hospital designed for the specific needs of long term acute care patients, inpatient rehabilitation patients, and transitional care patients (TCC). IKM began the interactive planning process with a cycle of bi-weekly meetings with nursing and physician groups, clinical support teams, and facility management to define needs for this new hospital. The 8-week process yielded a facility program that informed a brief site master planning study. This study helped define building footprint, placement, parking needs and grading limitations.

The project team developed a series of detailed adjacency and stacking diagrams for the various departments. Major program elements included in the new 186,000 square foot facility are: 55-bed Long Term Acute Care Nursing Unit, 54-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, 11-bed Brain Injury Unit, Imaging Department, Pharmacy, Clinical Labs, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Inpatient Physical Therapy, Nursing Education, Outpatient clinics, Dietary, and Café services, and building and administrative support.

Once program and land development issues were defined, the project proceeded on a Fast Track schedule. Bid packages were released roughly two months apart beginning with foundations and steel, then core and shell packages.

The new specialty hospital is the first of its kind in the region, setting the standard of care for the post acute continuum in the region. This project was awarded the 2013 ABC Keystone Excellence in Construction Award.