Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NYU Langone to Build $204M Center at Former LICH Site

The 12-story-tall Long Island College Hospital building located at 339 Hicks Street in Brooklyn will soon be demolished to make way for an NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Clinic. The new $204 million facility will rise five floors and span 160,000 square feet at 70 Atlantic Avenue.

The new building will be a vast improvement for the neighborhood.

With large plazas around buildings, Long Island College Hospital was not aesthetically pleasing and out of character with the Cobble Hill area. The Perkins Eastman’s plan is to construct the new building to be flush with its neighbors.

A multi-colored glassy facade will yield to a bright lobby with large floor-to-ceiling windows, which will look appealing when viewed from Atlantic Avenue.

The new building will contain:
  • A new emergency department on the first floor, which will include two inpatient beds for those who need to stay the night, as well as 10 patient bays, two resuscitation room, two triage rooms, a decontamination room, and 12 other treatment spaces.
  • An outpatient surgery center on the third floor, with four operating rooms and two endoscopy rooms.
  • A cancer center on the fourth floor with space for 22 patients, plus a pharmacy, and a laboratory.
  • A diagnostic imaging center on the lower level of the new building.

One of the stipulations of the sale of LICH’s main campus was that the community would still get medical services in the area.

NYU Langone will house those services at the corner of Atlantic and Hicks streets at 70 Atlantic Avenue, formerly known as 339 Hicks Street.

NYU Langone says the overhaul is necessary because the current site is "less than an ideal space and will not be able to accommodate the projected visit volume or provide amenities that patients expect.

The current freestanding emergency department opened last October. It has since accommodated 4,400 visits, and will have a projected 10,600 in its first year of operation.

In January, Skanska USA was selected as the winner of a $120 million contract to build the ambulatory care facility. Construction is should be completed in late 2017, with the clinic expected to open in 2018.

Fortis Property Group bought Long Island College Hospital for $204 million, and the hospital closed its doors back in May of 2014.

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