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New surgical tower enhances healthcare services of a Long Island, N.Y., hospital

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New surgical tower enhances healthcare services of a Long Island, N.Y., hospital

The eight-story Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion includes 132 intensive care rooms.


By John Caulfield, Senior Editor | February 6, 2024
The eight-story Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion is attached to North Shore University hospital.
The new 288,000-sf Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion is attached to North Shore University Hospital, which opened its doors 70 years ago. Images: Bernstein Associates

A building team that included the construction and development firm Skanska USA Building has completed Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

North Shore is affiliated with Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York State, which invested $560 million to build the 288,000-sf pavilion tower that features 18 operating rooms (three of which are hybrid rooms with advanced imaging), and 132 intensive care rooms. This project upgrades and expands the hospital’s critical care capabilities; patients will relocate to the new critical care units, and surgeries are scheduled to begin there later this month.

The pavilion will also be new home to the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital (which had been in the existing facility), and feature a concierge entrance for cardiac patients and their families. (North Shore University Hospital delivered more cardiac care than any other healthcare system in New York State in 2022, with 660,000 ambulatory visits, 38,000 inpatient discharges, 8,700 coronary interventions, 3,900 thoracic surgeries, 3,300 cardiac surgeries, and 2,800 cardiac ablations.)

The new eight-story pavilion should also enhance the hospital’s robust heart, liver, and lung transplant programs, as well as Northwell’s academic neurosurgery department, one of the largest in the nation. The pavilion is projected to perform 2,000 of the department’s annual cases.

Project took nearly four years to complete

One of 18 operating rooms in the new tower.
The Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion has 18 operating rooms, three with advanced imaging capabilities.

Skanska USA broke ground on the Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion in April 2020. The firm deployed numerous construction technologies, including drones equipped with high-res cameras and sensors to track construction progress and site conditions. Progress with also assessed using 3D modeling and weekly 360-degree image and video capture.

“The state-of-the-art Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion will significantly augment Northwell’s ability to provide its top-ranked care to patients on Long Island,” said Sean Szatkowski, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Skanska USA Building, in a prepared statement.

CannonDesign provided architectural services for the Pavilion project. Thornton Tomasetti was the structural engineer, BR+A Consulting Engineers the MEP engineer, and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) the civil engineer.

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