Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Leach Wallace was selected to perform commissioning services for the new Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the region’s only Level One Pediatric Trauma Center. The 5-story building consists of 263,000 sf of clinical space, operating suites and surgical recovery area, cardiac catheterization lab for pediatric heart patients, expansive pediatric intensive care space and patient rooms. In addition, there is an outpatient pediatric cancer pavilion with infusion rooms and exam rooms to support bone marrow transplantation. The building is constructed within the existing medical campus.

The commissioned systems include fire alarm, smoke and fire damper control, smoke control system, air handling units, air distribution devices and controls, all plumbing systems, domestic hot water, heating hot water, switch gear, distribution panels, lighting, lighting controls, emergency power, uninterruptible power, clean steam supply, condensate returns, process chiller, chilled water supply and low temperature operating rooms.

Leach Wallace conducted a scoping meeting with the Owner’s representative to review the design intent. Design reviews were completed with input submitted to the design team. The commissioning plan was developed and includes check lists for pre-commissioning and functional performance tasks. Leach Wallace organized the documentation of tests and records, reviewed and coordinated the O&M manuals, and assisted in staff training. We performed monthly site visits, attended meetings, provided commissioning memos, and maintained the issues log. We have prepared a final commissioning report summarizing the results of the entire process.

Project Features

  • 5-Story Building
  • Outpatient Pediatric Cancer Pavilion
  • Clinical Space
  • Operating Suites
  • Surgical Recovery Area
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Space
  • Patient Rooms


  • 263,000 SF