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Thread: Weill Cornell Medical College York Ambulatory Care Building - by Polshek Partnership

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    I guessed they liked the first tower so they hired Polshek again.

    Red Square

    So this is underway. They broke ground in June. Hopefully the Polshek tower for NYU will be just as nice. Here's the permit for this one.

    It's 334 feet tall, about 100' shorter than the MSKC Tower. It will rise directly across 69th street from it--to the north.'

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    Weill Cornell Medical College Expansion Underway

    The foundation is done and an 18-story, 480,000-square-foot research facility for Weill Cornell Medical College will rise.

    By Amy Zimmer

    The construction site for Weill Cornell Medical College's new research facility,
    expected to be completed by 2014. (DNAinfo/Amy Zimmer)

    UPPER EAST SIDE – Weill Cornell Medical College is ready to begin building the frame for its new $650 million medical research building, its tower crane looming over the site at East 69th Street between First and York avenues and the chunk of the street sectioned off for trucks to unload.

    After breaking ground in May and excavating 65 feet down for the 480,000-square-foot, 18-story building, the university is ready to enter the next phase of construction, for the poured concrete frame, which will take 16 months to complete.

    The new building will double the medical school's research space, allowing it to add more than 30 scientists and expand its studies targeting cancer, cardiovascular disease, children's health, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, stem cell research and infectious diseases.

    Richard Thomas, senior director of capital planning for Weill Cornell, presented an update to Community Board 8 members on Wednesday night, since he had promised when he got approval from them in 2008 that he would let them know when changes would be made.

    The crane, which was originally planned to be placed in the middle of the construction site, went up on the perimeter of the site on Dec. 11, he explained, eliciting some concern from residents.

    "I get goose bumps every time I hear the word 'crane,'" one CB8 member said.
    "We are taking every precaution required by law and 10 times more," Thomas said, acknowledging residents' worries after the crane collapse in March 2008 on 51st Street and Second Avenue, which killed seven people, and the one a few months later on East 91st Street that killed two workers.

    Thomas mentioned that 30 to 40 trucks a day — a maximum of five at a time — would be coming through the street, but tried to assuage traffic concerns. "The good thing about concrete construction is that the trucks can't stay very long," he said, explaining how they have 40 minutes to make the trip from Queens to the site to unload.

    Another community board member said she saw an oversized truck get stuck trying to get around the construction site on East 69th Street and was worried about potential jams.
    Thomas blamed that situation on vehicles disobeying the "no standing" sign on the block as causing the bottleneck. "People were violating the signs. It's a matter of policing," Thomas said.

    Weill Cornell has a vested interest in keeping the traffic flowing, he added. "Nobody is more affected by the traffic on York Avenue than us."

    The school, which was dedicating more than $200 million toward recruitment of additional faculty, expected the building to be completed by April 2014, Thomas said.

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    Another historic event for this 240 year old hospital. I saw a news segment a few weeks ago, & I think Sanford Weill is financing a pretty good chunk of it.

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    Interlocking brick panels or actual bricks? Either way, it looks better than Fitterman.

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    These are actual full-depth bricks. Not so at Fiterman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    I guessed they liked the first tower so they hired Polshek again.

    Red Square

    Red Square
    They also have a permit filed for another 20 story building next door.

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    Default 29 July 2012

    Here on the north side of Sixty-ninth Street between First and York avenues they're building the Belfer Research Building. It looks almost complete from the outside, but it's not expected to open until 2014:

    Top of the building as seen from 67th St & 1st Ave

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    Thanks eastm, didn't know they were that far along. Guess I haven't been on that street in a long time. I love the old main building, too. Looks like it's always been there.

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    Last week New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center filed permits for a huge 750,000 SF Ambulatory & Endoscopy Center designed by HOK. Seems like they'll be demolishing two large white brick buildings for that one.
    15 stories 308'. See attach..

    They also will be building a 20 story 362' one block north, next to the research building you see under construction in the posts above. Also demolishing a white brick building.
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    Wow. That's great news. There's hope for my old neighborhood! It would be nice if NYP or MSK bought the crappy Bently Hotel on York around 61st and tore it down. It's a dump.

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    So is this correct?

    A. The 15-story 308-foot "Ambulatory & Endoscopy Center" will require the demolition of the following two structures?

    1. 435 E 68th St (12FL) (Phipps House) (
    2. 450 E 69th St (12FL)

    B. The 20-story 362-foot building will require the demolition of 445 E 69th St (Olin Hall) (10FL) (

    Unlike the Belfer building whose photos I posted above, both of these future 2 buildings will likely have frontage on York Avenue, which should at least make them easier to photograph than the mid-block Belfer.

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    I wonder how they will replace this housing?

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    I wonder if it's all NYP Housing. I assume it is since they can seemingly empty it at will. It would be nice if they acquired some of the filthy, rat-filled tenements on First Ave and razed them for new housing.

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    I think they house some of their staff in buildings that look like they might be rat-filled tenements:

    And this is rather sad when you consider that their staff work 120-hour weeks, so on the rare day they can get at least 1 or 2 hours of sleep, they shouldn't have to share their beds with a rodent.

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