Lehigh Valley Health Network Muhlenberg Family Health Pavilion


To decompress capacity at their Cedar Crest hospital campus in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) opted to expand on their nearby Muhlenberg campus in Bethlehem. The expansion is also an opportunity for LVHN to capture market share in a region with a growing healthcare demand. Based on the area’s potential, LVHN has established the following objectives for the Muhlenberg campus project:

  1. Strengthen LVHN’s commitment to families in the community by offering exceptional obstetrics and newborn care services
  2. Provide rooms following evidence-based design to improve patient safety, comfort and privacy, and encourage family involvement in the patient experience
  3. Incorporate in-patient rehabilitation services and create a more seamless continuum of care
  4. Improve collaboration and allow for future growth


The planning process for the expanded Muhlenberg campus spanned several years. Eventually nearly two dozen project schemes had been developed. ERDMAN’s scheme emphasized a cost-effective approach to design, including a feature enabling LVHN to avoid the added expense of new parking structures and traffic mitigation strategies. LVHN ultimately selected ERDMAN for the project programming, conceptual design, and construction of a new patient pavilion. Project completion is expected in the spring of 2017 and will include the following:

  1. Two floors dedicated to obstetrics and newborn care to support a projected 2,000 births per year
  2. A mother-baby unit comprising 20 private, comfortable rooms that foster in-room baby care and accommodate mother’s spouse/significant other
  3. In-patient rehabilitation capabilities on the first floor
  4. A shelled fourth floor reserved for continued growth on the Muhlenberg campus
  5. A new entrance and parking area oriented toward downtown Bethlehem, helping to reconnect the campus with the city

ERDMAN has a long-standing relationship with LVHN that includes the design and construction of Health Centers in Hamburg and Bangor.


  1. 160,000 SF medical hospital expansion
  2. Services include obstetrics, newborn care and rehabilitative care
  3. Total Cost: $64,899,121
  4. Completion: June 2017


Jennifer Fink, Director of Planning and Interiors for LVHN, describes the success in their first use of Integrated Project Delivery.

An inside look at the new Muhlenberg Family Health Pavilion, led by LVHN’s executive team.

A construction time lapse of the Muhlenberg Family Health Pavilion.

This overview provides perspectives from LVHN and ERDMAN’s design team, discussing the key features of the new facility.