Project category: Remodel/Renovation (completed November 2012)

Chief administrator: John Chuey, MD, Senior Physician, (212) 420-2000

Firm: Array Architects, (212) 689-3110

Design team: Jeffrey Drucker, AIA, Project Executive; Jason Lee, LEED AP, Project Manager; Patricia Malick, AAHID, EDAC, LGB, Lead Interior Designer; Michelle DeForrest, LEED AP, Interior Designer; Udo Maron, AIA, ACHA, Healthcare Planner (Array Architects); Rick Meilen, PE, MEP Engineer (Kellen & Lemelson)

Photography: ©2013 Jeffrey Totaro (after images)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 16,500

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $309

Total construction cost (excluding land): $5,100,000

Beth Israel Medical Center, part of Continuum Health Partners, offers a broad-based fully integrated health services network throughout the New York City metropolitan region.  After their lower Manhattan family practice patient base increased beyond the capacity of their offices, Continuum committed to quickly expand the services offered at the medical facility.  Continuum selected a building at the corner of 8th Avenue and 23rd Street for the expanded family practice. The project included the renovation of a three-story building with a new curtain wall and façade that incorporates the client’s brand with LED-illuminated panels and signage.   The exterior now invites patients to the space and defines the entrance with a matte silver façade that is lit blue in the evening. 

Continuum’s new facility provides a multitude of resources for their patients.  The new walk-in, primary care medical practice is located on the 2nd floor, while the 3rd floor serves the specialty practices such as dermatology, radiology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, GI, cardiology and pain management. 

Creating a welcoming and sophisticated clinical environment for the patients and staff was  a high priority for Beth Israel.  Reception desks lit from within welcome visitors to the medical floors.  The new curtain wall and windows allow natural light to pour into the waiting areas and exam rooms.  An organic shaped form, defines the administrative support area and acts as marker in the plan to guide patients to transaction areas.  Highly functional areas such as the nurse station, touch down station and support spaces have a similar level of finishes.