With a completed 21 floors, 466,000 square feet, and a breathtaking view of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research officially opened in May 2017. The curvy building has open floor plans that foster collaboration among research and administrative personnel. And the Family Research Center in the Roberts Building allows for a range of specialized evaluations of children and families, typically through direct observation, survey, or even CHOP’s driving simulator.
The latest addition to CHOP’s campus is named after the Roberts Family, who generously donated $25 million toward the Roberts Collaborative for Genetic and Individualized Medicine in 2016. The Collaborative combines existing genetics and genomics centers at CHOP for a multidisciplinary approach to developing novel treatments and understanding of rare and complex diseases. Both the Collaborative and the Roberts Center at which it is headquartered are a nod to the exciting potential that genetics and genomics research hold in current investigations as well as in years to come. At the Roberts Center grand opening, Bryan Wolf, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at CHOP Research Institute, said that the Roberts Center and the Collaborative will help transform our efforts to progress personalized medicine.
The Hospital acquired the property in 2010 and began planning for construction. The ground-level spaces outside the building offer new possibilities for neighbors to gather as a community, and a pedestrian bridge connects to the popular Schuylkill River Trail.