AWARD OF MERIT – 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase
Designed as a collaboration among Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Patient- and family-centered care is embedded in the design of the 734,000-square-foot NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, a world-class ambulatory care center that combines innovative clinical approaches and cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional treatment and a seamless patient experience.
The building provides interdisciplinary treatment for digestive diseases, cancer, and other outpatient services. The program includes 29 procedure rooms for Ambulatory Surgery, Interventional Radiology, and Endoscopy; Radiation Oncology, Infusion, and Diagnostic Imaging. The procedure areas feature 100% private prep/recovery rooms that are dedicated to the patient and their family for the duration of their visit.

Decentralized caregiver stations located outside pairs of prep/recovery rooms bring care closer to the patient. Circulation is clear with a separation of on-stage and off-stage flows. Patients and families travel along light-filled perimeter corridors with clear wayfinding.

When patients arrive on the day of their procedure, check-in is simple and quick: a patient ambassador will greet them by name, help them check in, and offer a personalized “smartband” that provides instant access to personalized information about their visit and step-by-step directions to the room, where their care team will greet them. Or they can visit a check-in kiosk and proceed directly to their procedure floor.

The building’s exterior has a distinctive obeche wood screen and undulating pattern within a triple-glazed insulated curtain wall, offering an inviting and transparent face to the community. A warm palette of wood, stone and natural materials throughout the interior spaces evoke comfort and ease, reducing anxiety. Whether entering by foot on York Avenue or via car at the drive-through drop-off, the gracious lobby provides a respite from the surrounding congested area.

The building is designed for a minimum of LEED Silver certification, employing sustainable strategies such as high-performance building skin, high-efficiency mechanical systems and a green roof covering 30% of the surface. To facilitate future flexibility, each floor has standardized procedure rooms and exam layouts allowing flexible use of the rooms and the ability to adapt to changing technology over time. A long-span structural system reduced the number of columns and maximized uninterrupted floor area for evolving equipment and technology needs.

Technology is central to delivering exceptional care. The Center’s MRI/PET/Angiography suite is the first of its kind in the world. Combining all of the key imaging technologies used for minimally-invasive procedures, including MRI/PET, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and rotational CT, it enables clinicians to diagnose, plan, and precisely guide procedures and verify their completeness. The center features three linear accelerators, including New York’s first MRI-guided linear accelerator for precision radiation treatment of tumors.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO

Firms: Ballinger,; HOK,; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners,

Design team: Ballinger (medical architect, planner, and interior designer); HOK (architect of record and interior designer); Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (consulting architect – building envelope + lobby); Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer); Syska Hennessey Group (MEP/FP engineer); Turner Construction Company (construction manager)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 734,000

Completed: April 2018