A total of 13 projects recognized as part of BD+C's 28th Annual Reconstruction Awards.

November 10, 2011

B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, Hospitality House, Rochester, N.Y.

Hope Lodge, a spartan 1930s-era dormitory located on the edge of the Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School campus in Rochester, N.Y., lay vacant for many years and was becoming a drain on the Divinity School’s finances.

Three years ago the American Cancer Society offered to relocate its overtaxed nearby patient residence facility to the Divinity School campus. With a donation from philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano, $8 million was raised to provide temporary housing for out-of-town patients seeking long-term treatment at area hospitals.

The existing layout was narrow and cramped. Rooms were small. Plaster finishes tested positive for asbestos. The Building Team— local firms Bergmann Associates (submitting firm/architect), Torchia Structural Engineering (SE), and LeChase Construction (CM)— added a modern touch to the interiors while keeping the exterior respectful of the building’s historic context. Irregular shell space resulted in numerous unique layouts for the 30 guest rooms.

Hope OldClick here for a list of Products and Materials used, exclusive images, and UPDATED editorial coverage of the Hope Lodge, which appeared in the January 2012 issue of Building Design + Construction

The American Cancer Society gained 8,000 sf of office space in the 28,000-sf design-build redevelopment, which received a Citation Award in the 2011 AIA Rochester Design Excellence Program.

Hope Lodge provides more than 9,000 overnight stays a year, saving patients and their families an estimated $32 million a year in lodging costs. “It’s a comforting atmosphere,” said Reconstruction Awards Jurist Martha Bell, FAIA. “They did a good job of not making it look institutional.”


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