Building Hope: The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

When it opens in 2015, the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care will revolutionize care for children, standing as the nation’s most state-of-the-art facility for outpatient medicine.

Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Artists RenderingA stunning addition to the skyline of West Philadelphia, across the street from Children’s Seashore House and the Main Building, the new Center will enable smoother and more efficient visits, provide a hub for comprehensive medical services and grow the capacity of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to meet the most complex pediatric health needs for children from across the country and around the world.

About the Buerger Center's naming donors

The Hospital is extremely grateful to Constance and Alan Buerger, Krista and Reid Buerger, and Grant Buerger. Their landmark $50 million commitment toward this new outpatient facility is the largest gift in Hospital history, and one of the largest naming gifts for a building in Philadelphia.

Constance and Alan Buerger have been longtime donors to Children’s Hospital. Together, they founded Coventry, a global financial services firm specializing in longevity and mortality risk. Mr. Buerger serves as the company’s chief executive officer, while Mrs. Buerger is its president. They reside in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pa.

Grant Buerger resides in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a freelance writer.

Krista and Reid Buerger live in Ambler, Pa. with their two children. Mr. Buerger is a co-founder of Coventry, and Mrs. Buerger is executive vice-president. Reid joined the Hospital’s Board of Trustees in September 2012.

Construction timeline

  • 2011 Excavation and preparation
    of the site ✓ COMPLETED
  • 2012 Parking garage/Plaza construction begins ✓ COMPLETED
  • 2013 Building construction begins ✓ COMPLETED
  • 2015 Ambulatory Care Center opens to patients

Buerger Center facts and figures

Size and scope

  • Expected patient visits per year: More than 200,000
  • Size: Initially, 12 floors and 700,000 square feet. In the future, four more floors (another 175,000 square feet) can be added by building vertically.
  • Location: Civic Center Blvd. and East Service Drive, adjacent to the Ruth and Tristram Colket Jr. Translational Research Building
  • Parking: Underground garage with approximately 1,500 parking spaces
  • Sustainability: Planned LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Opening dates: 2015 (garage, first floor, and portions of clinical levels 2-5); 2017 (clinical levels 6 and 7)

Building features

  • Clinical neighborhoods that group together related specialties.
  • 2.6-acre landscaped outdoor plaza.
  • 14,000-square-foot roof garden.
  • “Wait. Play. Learn.” areas for educational play before and between appointments.
  • Dining area on first floor.
  • Welcome center with Kosher pantry.
  • New physical therapy gym.
  • New Alex Scott Day Hospital, surrounded with windows for natural light.
  • Intuitive design for easy way-finding.
  • Paperless facility with fully integrated electronic medical records.

Green spaces

  • The plaza. The gardens of the plaza invite staff, patients, and public to interact with the healing qualities of the therapeutic landscape. A variety of spaces, from immersive medicinal gardens to informal lawns, create a rich experience for the visitor.
  • The roof garden. The 6th floor roof garden will provide not only a place of respite for staff and patients, but also therapeutic opportunities through production gardens, an interactive fountain rill, and a rehabilitation course. The garden's design is inspired by the streets and rivers of Philadelphia.

Building the Buerger Center Timelapse Video