NYU Child Study Center, New York
Type of facility: Medical education center
Client: New York University Medical Center
Project architect: Perkins Eastman Architects, New York
Construction manager: HRH Construction Interiors, New York
Completed: December 1998
Size: 18,000 square feet
Total cost: $3.7 million
Cost per square foot: $203
The judges felt the facility demonstrated a creative response to the needs of patients and their families.
"The facility has an innovative and intelligent design execution, in a very restrained space, which attempts to be respectful and responsive to the patient and family," says judge John Driscoll.
This facility for children and young adults with developmental and emotional problems and learning disabilities is housed on the first and second floors of a residential building.
Across the street and easily visible from New York University Medical Center, this is the second building in the competition that was renovated for a healthcare provider in New York City.
The first floor houses the waiting area and the space for outpatient clinical evaluations and treatment. The second level houses the offices of the administrative staff and a research center.
Staying away from typical action-figure decor for children, the designers used modern, clean, bright colors to appeal to all age groups.
"The design character is appropriate for younger children without appearing juvenile to adolescent patients," says judge Richard Kobus.
The waiting area is circular and is sectioned off by columns. Each section can seat a family comfortably and has its own window. A skylight provides plenty of natural light.
"The interiors are very clever," says judge Paul Westlake Jr. "The designers were confronted with extreme space constraints, yet developed a delightful, imaginative solution. The lighting and finishes are beautifully resolved."