Type of facility: Inpatient cancer unit and pediatric day hospital
Client: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Project architect: Granary Associates, Philadelphia
Construction manager: HRH Construction Co., New York
Expected completion: June 2003
Size: New 18,630 square feet; renovation: 28,806 square feet
Cost per square foot: Withheld
Part of a 20-year-old building, the Pediatric Day Hospital and Inpatient Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York was due for an update.
Several judges commented on the difficult task of adding to an existing hospital in an urban environment. Judge Samuel Daniel, M.D., says, "The design is extremely creative, taking into the consideration the degree of difficulty a vertical expansion brought in midtown New York."
The acute-care hospital has been built on top of the main clinical building and houses replacement programs in surgical pathology, surgery and central plant support. In moving the pediatrics program to the top floor of the nine-story building, the designers were able to maximize the use of skylights and the larger floor-to-floor heights.
The planning of the Pediatric Day Hospital was developed around a piazza concept, with a common meeting space in the middle for playing or connecting to the outside world via the Internet.
Judge Peter Ellis says the project is a "very skillful addition to an existing structure that helps to unite and tie together the entire complex. (It has been) well-planned in relation to natural light, (and has a) quiet, understated exterior . . .appropriate and elegant."