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$545 million patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center completes

CallisonRTKL designed the project.

February 03, 2021 |
Patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Photos: Brad Feinknopf

Walsh Construction and joint venture partner Consigli Construction have completed Nuvance Health’s new 752,610-sf patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers medical center. The $545 million medical pavilion is the largest single construction project in the history of Poughkeepsie and will transform healthcare in the Hudson Valley.

The facility includes 264 private patient rooms, 30 critical care rooms, a 66-room emergency department, 12 surgical suites, and a 300-seat conference center. The private patient rooms offer more than twice the space per patient than the current semi-private rooms. 

The pavilion’s distinctive curved shape follows the aesthetic of the adjacent Hudson River and includes sustainable design features such as:

— Lower level roofs lined with varied flora to better assimilate the structure with the environment, while retaining rainwater runoff

— High performance, dual-paneled glazing to lessen solar gain and low-reflectivity glass that will protect birds from collisions

—Low-flow faucets and fixtures with auto-off controls that save an estimated 20,000 gallons of water per day

—LED lights, energy recovery, and efficient insulation that will result in an estimated 20% reduction in energy demand

—Underground garage with preferred parking spaces and charging station for hybrid and electric vehicles.


New Patient Pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center exterior


Throughout the four-year construction project, the Walsh/Consigli team managed the installation of approximately 3.45-million-linear-feet of cabling, 1.4-million pounds of ductwork, 200,000 square feet of metal panel facade, 775,500 linear feet of conduit, 13,000 light fixtures, 4,400 tons of steel, 30,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 103,000-square-feet of glass.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center opened the new emergency department and trauma center on January 9, 2021, followed by the opening of the remainder of the patient pavilion on January 11.

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