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Thomas Jefferson University Opens Health Professions Academic Building at 901 Walnut Street


Philadelphia, PA — Thomas Jefferson University will welcome trustees, donors, deans, department chairs, and its neighbors to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, February 15, at 3 p.m., to officially open its newest facility, the Jefferson Health Professions Academic Building, located at 901 Walnut Street.

Health Professions Academic Building

The 11-story, 85,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art high-rise will be home to Jefferson's schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Population Health; the departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy, and Radiologic Sciences; and the Jefferson Clinical Neuroscience Center. The building will be connected by a bridge to Jefferson's 22-story Edison Building — further unifying Jefferson's urban campus.

Among the benefits of the new high rise, each of the schools will be consolidated into a central, shared space on campus, enhancing opportunities for collaboration and research. In addition, the building gives Jefferson the greatly needed space for additional operating rooms within Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience. What's more, physicians housed in the Health Professions facility will be grouped so that patients can conveniently stay in the same building for most tests and appointments.

"The Jefferson Health Professions Academic Building is the culmination of a vision to provide a home-base to cultivate further successes not only among our top educators, but also our students, who shape the future of health professions," says Robert L. Barchi, MD, PhD, President of Thomas Jefferson University. "The design of the Health Professions Academic Building is collaborative, so that these transformational changes have a far-reaching, positive impact for our faculty, students and patients."

Another view of Health Professions Academic Building

Planning for the transformation began more than five years ago. Support for the $35.8 million project was secured by Jefferson board members, faculty, alumni and other donors.

Jefferson anticipates that the building will earn the internationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, because it exemplifies LEED characteristics designed to improve environmental and health performance.

Some of these characteristics include:


  • The use of vegetated and reflective roof surfaces reduces urban heat island effect while improving the aesthetic, energy efficiency and storm water management

Water Efficiency:

  • The reduction in potable water use through specification of water-efficient, low-flow plumbing fixtures. This reduces the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems

Energy and Atmosphere:

  • Projected to achieve an 18 percent improvement above energy standard
  • Jefferson has committed to purchase 70 percent green power for the building
  • Occupancy sensors reduce lighting energy use

Enhancing Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • Use of low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) adhesives, sealants, paints and stains, carpets and composite woods
  • Individual lighting controls, abundant daylighting, and views for more than 90 percent of regularly occupied spaces

By opening the Jefferson Health Professions Academic Building, the university is continuing with its mission to help rebuild Center City's Market East corridor. In recent years, the city's Planning Commission turned to Jefferson to assist in restoring the area and to further establish Jefferson's presence. Jefferson first answered the call in fall 2007 with the opening of the state-of-the-art Dorrance H. Hamilton Building. Less than five years later, the university has answered the call again.

For more information, contact: Jennifer McGowan Smith, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, 211 South 9th Street, Suite 310, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 955-5507, (215) 955-5008 fax, or email