Architecture & Interior Design

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

While at a previous firm, two of our principals worked to help UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh realize their vision of a new hospital that would serve the region for years to come.

Architect of Record
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
DLA+ Staff Role
Dennis Astorino, AIA - Principal-in-Charge
Joseph Sepcic, RA – Project Manager and Construction Contractor Administrator
7th Most Beautiful Hospital in US - Soliant Health, 2010
10th Most Beautiful Hospital in world - HealthExecNews, 2012
Completion Date
May 2009
Project Size
1.5 million SF
Project Cost
$362 million

Project Challenges and Outcomes


When Children’s Hospital selected the site for its new hospital and research center, few would have imaged that nearly 1.5 million SF would soon occupy the site. Located in the densely populated Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, CHP would try to fit a portion of the new facility into a closed hospital which had restrictive floor heights. Creating a space that took the stress out of being at or in the hospital for the child, parents and family would be central to the design of the new space.


With easy to find entrances, parent waiting areas for every floor, a large atrium that allows children confined to rooms to view and participate in activities, and a world renowned research facility, the hospital campus has been an overwhelming success. The priority given to not only the children who come there but for their caregivers, making them and their regeneration time a top priority, has made the facility something special. Additionally, the location of the campus has been a catalyst for the redevelopment and resurgence of Lawrenceville, making it a beacon of hope for the entire community.