Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital


Wilmington, DE


Christiana Care Health Services

Project Size

440,000 sq. ft.

Completion Date

Phased - Summer 2013 - Fall 2014

Christiana Care’s downtown Wilmington campus is located on an urban site along the Brandywine River. Originally constructed in between the 1920’s and -60’s, the campus had to contend with aging infrastructure and congested traffic patterns, with patient drop-off, ambulance, and pedestrian traffic crossing and using the same access point. Extensive additions and renovations have transformed the hospital, expanding and modernizing many of its key clinical departments.

Significant project elements include an iconic Gateway Ambulatory Care Building along the river and new departments for surgery and SPD. The 24/7 Emergency Department has nearly doubled in size.  These clinical areas serve as the base for a new 60 bed patient care tower, with shelled space for an additional 60 beds of future fit-out.

Completely redesigned circulation patterns segregate the public and emergency traffic onto different levels, with separate entrances and approaches to the hospital distinguished by a striking glass rotunda. A safe, new interior walkway leads pedestrians from the parking garage to the main entrance. Further, these improvements have allowed for the redevelopment of the existing internal autocourt into a new healing garden and atrium, providing a soothing environment for patients to heal and connect with nature.