Project category: New construction & Remodel/Renovation (completed October 2004)

Chief administrator: Raimonda Clark, RN, President and CEO, (732) 739-5904

Firm: Larsen Shein Ginsberg Snyder, LLP, (212) 803-0300

Design team: Joseph Shein, AIA, FACHA, Partner-in-Charge; George Shear, Design Architect; David Zeh, AIA, Project Architect

Photography: ©

Total building area (sq. ft.): 18,100 (new); 7,500 (renovation)

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $397 (new); $200 (renovation)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $7,180,000 (new); $1,500,000 (renovation)

The new Imaging Center, serving inpatients and outpatients, is a two-level project that includes renovation and new construction. The lower level of the Center—8,700 square feet of new construction—accommodates noninvasive cardiology functions, offices, and mechanical equipment. The upper level is primarily assigned to imaging, including MRI, CT, and the Women's Diagnostic Center. The previously existing Imaging Department space was renovated and amalgamated into the expanded Imaging Center. In all, there are 18,000 square feet of new construction and 7,500 square feet of renovated space.

The Center also provides a new front entrance for all ambulatory visitors. This entrance serves the Imaging Center, Cardiology, and the new Vassar Eye Center, an educational facility for those with low vision. The new entrance also leads directly to the existing adjacent ambulatory care registration and waiting area.

The new addition is of brick, metal panel, and curtain wall construction. The light tan brick matches existing adjacent masonry. The entrance driveway is of red stone brick, which, with carefully placed landscaping, warmly complements the curtain wall of aluminum and framed glass. The Center's interiors feature large stone tile floors in the entrance and carpet and fabric in the waiting room. Extensive wood ceilings and wall panels were selected to enhance a noninstitutional environment.

The project was completed in stages to maintain daily imaging services. Work began in 2002 and was completed in the fall of 2004.