Campus Transformation Project

New Kimmel Pavilion and Renovated Tisch Hospital Will Create Integrated Clinical Facility with One Standard of Care

New Kimmel Pavilion

Rendering of the new Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, whose construction is scheduled to begin in 2013. The Kimmel Pavilion will be connected to Tisch Hospital on several floors, and a lobby-level concourse will create a seamless connection between the two buildings.

The Boards of Trustees of NYU Langone Medical Center and New York University approved a sweeping plan that will turn the north end of the Medical Center campus into a fully integrated clinical facility dedicated to acute care. Bounded by First Avenue, 34th Street, and the FDR Drive, the site will be anchored by the new Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion at the north end and Tisch Hospital, the Medical Center's flagship clinical facility, at the south end.

"Board approval is a momentous occasion," explains Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. "This is the first time our Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new hospital facility since Tisch Hospital [then known as University Hospital] opened its doors in 1963. It allows us to advance the project from the planning phase to the programming and design phases, and eventually to construction of the new facility."

As part of this plan, Tisch Hospital will undergo an extensive makeover, thanks to the Tisch family's $110 million gift, made in 2008, which will enable the renovations, the first phase of which is already under way. The renovations and new facilities include a new Critical Care Unit (on 15 East and West), private rooms, expanded lobby, family resource center, clinical pharmacy, and labs.

The Kimmel Pavilion, which will be connected to Tisch on several floors, is made possible by a $150 million lead donation from Helen Kimmel. A Medical Center trustee since 1984 and a life trustee of the University, Kimmel made the gift in 2008 on behalf of herself and her late husband, Martin, also a Medical Center trustee. Construction is targeted to begin in 2013, with completion scheduled for the end of 2017.

"The goal," says Vicki Match Suna, AIA, senior vice president and vice dean for real estate development and facilities, "is to provide one standard of care and one patient experience across the Medical Center. With a lobby-level concourse creating a seamless connection between the Tisch and Kimmel buildings, you won't even notice that you're leaving one and entering the other. Based on extensive planning efforts, the plan is to build an 800,000-square-foot pavilion designed to enable patient-centered clinical care that will include 365 inpatient beds, 30 procedure rooms, and public amenities."

A variety of features will make the Kimmel Pavilion and Tisch Hospital truly integrated. Through clear signage and careful design, navigation will be simple and intuitive, with distinct pathways for patients, staff, and materials. Not only will each building have its own set of elevator banks, but large new elevators will be designated for different groups—patients, visitors, staff, and service—to enhance privacy and facilitate flow.

The Kimmel Pavilion's use of public spaces will redefine the healthcare environment as we know it. The first floor, for example, will have dining facilities, concierge services, and a family resource center. On patient floors, families will benefit from consultation rooms, respite areas, and accommodations for in-room overnight stays. The building will be "green" in every sense. On the seventh floor, a landscaped roof garden overlooking the East River will afford spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

The keystone of the plan, explains Match Suna, is that both Kimmel and Tisch will eventually contain only private rooms. While the Medical Center's total bed count will remain relatively constant, its overall capacity will increase significantly because of gains in efficiency. Private rooms will not only eliminate gender-related issues, but also make it easier to manage infection control. Reflecting the growing trend toward outpatient care, so-called "noninpatient beds" will accommodate postprocedure and observation stays up to 30 hours long. Patient rooms—like the new building's procedure rooms and ORs—will all be standardized, yet adaptable for use as acute care, intensive care, or step-down units.

The Kimmel Pavilion will also improve logistical support for the entire campus by housing a new central Sterile Processing Department, loading docks, and a materials management system. Its imaging and procedure floors will be unified with those in Tisch, and in both buildings, pneumatic tubes for specimens and chutes for trash and linens will be interconnected.

"I am not sure that we could have a more complicated construction site," explains Match Suna. "NBBJ/Polshek Partnership Architects is uniquely qualified for this project, and they've been working together with us very well. We chose just the right people for the job."


From the May/June 2010 issue of News and Views