The brief

The New Patient Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania stands as one of the most significant hospital projects in the United States, and the largest investment in the university’s history. The 17-story, 1.5 million square foot facility boasts 504 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms, designed with a singular focus on patient care. The design draws upon the expertise of Penn Medicine’s clinical specialists in collaboration with healthcare-focused architects, designers, and builders.

As part of the team’s dedication to sustainability, efficiency, infection control, and improved patient outcomes, the university enlisted Envac North America to create and install its innovative pneumatic waste collection system. The result is a carefully crafted culmination of years of extensive research, collaboration, and consideration of how to optimize clinical spaces for both patients and healthcare providers.


The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the flagship hospital of Penn Medicine. It is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the USA.
Traditional methods of waste and linen removal have been replaced by automation, improving sustainability, efficiency, infection control, and patient outcomes.

2 fractions

Waste and soiled linen

2,600 linear feet of pipe

A pipe network of 2,600 linear feet of 20″ diameter piping

78 loading stations

78 loading stations across three 14-story risers

60,000 pounds of waste

The collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania has been outstanding from the bid process to lab testing of unique applications through the integrated project delivery process.

The pneumatic waste and linen system technology is a perfect fit for the leading-edge design and technology employed throughout The New Patient Pavilion.

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