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

Chief administrator: Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO, (516) 663-2758

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

Design team: Joseph Shein, AIA, FACHA, Partner-in-Charge; George Shear, Design Architect; Leonardo Concepcion, Project Manager/Architect; Maureen Amores, Interior Designer

Photography: © Bjorg Magnea; © www.jamesshanks.com

Total building area (sq. ft.): 59,050 (new); 11,300 (renovation)

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $460 (new; includes Medical Center infrastructure work); $426 (renovation)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $27,190,000 (new); $4,810,000 (renovation)

The North Building expansion is the third stage of implementation of Winthrop-University Hospital's master facility plan. Preceding stages included expansion and modernization of the Emergency Department and Ambulatory Surgical Suite. This stage added two floors to the existing North Building, one for inpatient cardiac services, the other for an inpatient children's center.

The project consisted of new construction and renovation. Half of the fourth floor was existing and the other half was new work. The entire fifth floor, which cantilevers beyond the fourth floor footprint, is new construction. The Cardiac Floor (fourth) houses a 23-bed ICU and a 28-bed Telemetry Step-Down Nursing Unit. The Children's Center accommodates a 30-bed acute care nursing unit and an 8-bed ICU.

The scope of work includes a new major Cardiac Operating Room and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory to supplement the existing cardiology program. The project also includes extensive additions to the hospital's refrigeration plant, central medical-gas distribution system, and the addition of elevators.

The masonry and stone trim matches existing brick and the trim of an adjacent, recently completed life center wing. The trim and new glass-enclosed elevator lobbies enliven what was an all-brick, somber structure. Interior finishes, particularly those on the fifth floor, were selected to interest and appeal to children who range in age from very young to adolescents. Construction of the entire scope of work, built in two phases (new and renovation), was completed in 2004.