One year after breaking ground, Gouverneur Healthcare Services, a $180 million modernization project designed by international architects RMJM that includes a nursing facility and the largest city run community health center, recently marked a construction milestone through the placement of the final steel beam on the roof of the future Ambulatory Care Pavilion.
The beam is the last of 1,100 tons of structural steel that GC Hunter Roberts of New York used in the Pavilion’s skeleton.
The Gouverneur project is part of a city-wide, five-year $1.2 billion capital investment plan to modernize and rebuild New York City Health and Hospital facilities and includes a 316,000-sq-ft renovation and a 108,000-sq-ft addition featuring The Center for Community Health and Wellness as well as a new nursing facility known as The Residence at Gouverneur Court helping to expand primary care and preventive health services to the Lower East Side and Chinatown community and improve physical and therapeutic environments.
The Center for Community Health and Wellness will serve more than 345,000 outpatient visits a year and the new pavilion will house a 30,000-sq-ft Women and Children’s Center, a dialysis center, a new CT scan area and space for a full-spectrum ambulatory surgery center. In addition, advances in the facility’s design and equipment will increase patient safety, enable greater efficiency, and provide state-of-the-art technology and comfortable amenities in patient care and public areas.
The Residence at Gouverneur Court will add 85 beds to accommodate the growing aging population in the New York City area and will resemble a luxury apartment building and include recreational and dining areas, private rooms and suites and a resident-centered design to foster a sense of community and the next generation of long-term care.
“The design of the new building creates a fresh image for Gouverneur as a beacon of excellent architecture and healthcare for the city and the community,” said Steven K. Gifford, director of RMJM’s Global Health and Science Studio. “This project will provide the community with a leading-edge public health facility that will offer outstanding outpatient and residential care for years to come.”
Construction of the project is underway and completion is slated for 2011.