The June 2007 issue of New York Construction’s cover story is the region’s top twenty projects that either started construction in 2006-07 or were completed last year (not yet available online). Ranked by dollar amount, the article notes that just two years ago only eleven new projects on the list were valued greater than $200 million. This year? All twenty, with three over $1 billion (the Second Avenue Subway and new stadiums for the Yankees and Giants/Jets out at the Meadowlands). Similarly, only nine completed projects on the last list topped more than $150 million; this year that number increased to eighteen. These are certainly very healthy statistics for the New York City region’s construction industry.
What’s also healthy, from a green perspective, is the number of LEED and mass transit projects that pepper the two top twenty lists. The first of these projects that I’ll present to you in detail ranked eighth among projects started to the tune of $467 million. The Yale-New Haven Hospital North Pavilion Cancer Center, designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, will consolidate the hospital’s cancer services into a single fourteen story, 497,000 square foot structure in New Haven and seek a LEED Certified rating (image above via Yale-New Haven Hospital web site).
The building’s curtain wall is made from German terra cotta and glass which can be removed should the hospital decide to expand further at some point in the future. Green design features include the use of low-VOC paints, sealants, and carpets and a high performance mechanical system providing improved indoor air quality. The project team was able to reuse approximately 20,000 tons of demolition material and also established high recycling goals that it will pursue for its construction debris. The new hospital will include a 7,000 square foot healing garden that connects to the neighboring Children’s Hospital, which will offer birch trees, azaleas, and Japanese blood grass. The project broke ground last September and a January 2010 opening is expected.
The landscape architect on the project is Towers/Golde with environmental consultants GZA Geoenvironmental. Turner Construction is the general contractor with mechanical and electrical engineering provided by Bard, Rao + Athanas.
- Yale-New Haven Announces Plans for Cancer Center (Y-NH Hospital PR)