Opening in January 2021, the 752,000-square-foot, eight-story Vassar Brothers Medical Heart Inpatient Pavilion (VBMC; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) will add 264 med/surg beds and 30 essential care beds to the hospital. CallisonRTKL offered structure and inside design providers for the challenge.

The aim of the brand new pavilion is to carry readability, flexibility, and longevity to the VBMC campus whereas empowering the encircling neighborhood with a brand new stage of vitality. Just like the impacts of the close by mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway over the Hudson River on the Hudson Valley, the pavilion offers a revitalized and sustainable medical middle that can change into a vacation spot for world-class care, the flagship for Nuvance Well being, and a long-lasting landmark for the Hudson Valley area.

Every 350-square-foot affected person room encompasses a tender shade palette and features a pullout couch, WiFi entry, and USB ports to cost transportable units. The art work depicts nature scenes, whereas bigger home windows herald ample mild and provide views of the Hudson River on one facet and the Poughkeepsie cityscape on the opposite. By the philosophy of evidence-based design, the CallisonRTKL workforce studied the social, financial, and environmental components impacting the encircling space to design a long-lasting, environment friendly facility that can be capable to serve the neighborhood for years to come back, and that might be capable to tackle each present and future wants successfully. To precisely perceive the ability’s present state and assess the work to be achieved, the design workforce held consumer group conferences to immerse themselves in VBMC’s tradition, workflow, and processes. Through the subsequent planning course of, the healthcare flows have been examined as a guidelines to make sure an environment friendly, human-centered expertise for all customers. To ascertain the best future state, the workforce utilized benchmarks, streamlined workflows, and eliminated wasteful processes to create a simpler and environment friendly affected person care atmosphere. The ensuing areas all through are versatile and adaptive, offering a chance for long-term, transformational change.

The brand new pavilion expanded the present campus south of the present hospital to create a brand new entrance for inpatient circulate and stand as a pure wayfinding vacation spot for the campus.  The elongated form of the location and the intensive topographical shifts from one finish to the opposite created each alternatives and challenges for the design. Located near Route 9 and overlooking the Hudson River, the constructing formation stretches the size of the location, curving gently to emulate the circulate of the river. Profiting from the location slope, the loading dock, central vitality plant, and parking garages are tucked neatly to create a separation of onstage and offstage. An present avenue additionally bifurcates the location, making a separation between the brand new emergency division and the principle inpatient concourse. The intensive care unit and the interventional suite relaxation above the entry and supply the pure bridge that unifies the location. Different program options embrace a brand new radiology division, convention middle, café, and relocated helipad. With a good website, and far of it getting used for the constructing footprint and circulation, consideration was given to elevated terraces, inexperienced roofs, and entry backyard to create locations for sufferers to attach with nature. The vista views of the Hudson River Valley have been balanced with campus views to the east.


Challenge particulars:

Facility identify: Vassar Brothers Medical Heart Inpatient Pavilion

Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Completion date: January 2021

Proprietor: Nuvance Well being

Complete constructing space: 752,610 sq. ft. (696,440 sq. ft., new building; 13,800 sq. ft., renovation)

Complete building price: roughly $580 million

Structure agency: CallisonRTKL

Inside design: CallisonRTKL

Common contractor: WCJV – Walsh Consigli Joint Enterprise

Engineering: GRAEF (structural), BR+A (MEP engineers), The Chazen Corporations (civil engineer)

Builder: WCJV – Walsh Consigli Joint Enterprise


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