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One of the foremost veterinary schools in the country, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) provides clinical treatment for companion animals at its main campus in West Philadelphia. The Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital sees 33,000 animal patients each year and serves as a vital training program for veterinary students.

CBP Architects undertook a complete renovation and reconfiguration of the lobby, waiting area, administrative offices, and emergency services lobby in the 1980s hospital building. The former spaces were difficult to navigate, small, dark, and dated. The renovation brought a calm atmosphere to a previously chaotic space, with improvements designed for pets and humans. At the entry, automatic sliding doors replaced heavy manual doors and expansive glass replaced the brick façade, improving visibility. Inside, a vertical, color-changing LED light serves as a focal point to an inviting reception desk. Built-in banquettes define seating in the enlarged waiting area and rubber sheet flooring affords a quieter, easier surface for pets to walk on. Reconfigured offices better interface with reception. Improved circulation provides a clearer path through the space along with increased patient privacy. The renovation inserted clean, modern architecture while maintaining continuous operations during construction, completely changing the feeling and function of the public face of PennVet and ensuring a calm, supportive environment.

  • Project Category

    Institutional, Civic & Commercial

  • Client

    University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    6,000 sf

  • Program

    Veterinary Hospital Lobby & Waiting Areas