The design for NewYork-Presbyterian’s new ambulatory care center in Manhattan minimizes stress and improves the patient experience.
With its glass-encapsulated wood screen facade and transparent lower floors, the building presents a warm, hospitable face to the community. A 40-foot-high, daylit main lobby welcomes patients and their families from the noise and congestion of the city. From there, a dramatic staircase leads to a second-story, living room-like space with quiet zones, lounges and dining areas. Higher-level floors continue this focus on patient comfort with bright, airy lobbies and circulation areas.
Locating the infusion and radiation oncology services on the 4th floor instead of below grade, as in many hospitals, provides cancer patients access to city views and the restorative properties of natural light.
Sustainable and resilient design features include a green roof, high-performance building skin and a high-efficiency mechanical system designed to operate during extreme weather events and city power disruptions.
The building’s long-span structural system and tall floor-to-floor heights allow entire floors to be reconfigured with very little impact on hospital operations. Removable facade panels enable new medical equipment to be moved into the building as needed.
The design team included HOK as architect and interior designer (public spaces), Ballinger as medical architect and interior designer (clinical spaces), and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as consulting architect for the building envelope and lobby.