VOL . 3 • NO . 3 • SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2005 • NEWS OF FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS • WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE
The Face of Things to Come
New Ambulatory Care Building Sports Unique Façade
LOCAL LAW 11 WAS PASSED IN 1998
to ensure the maintenance and repair
of all buildings throughout the City. At
Weill Medical College, Joe Bain, project
manager, Facilities Development, heads
an ongoing program to inspect and make
any needed repairs to the façades of all
Medical College buildings. “There are two
parts to this process,” says Mr. Bain.
“First you inspect for unsafe conditions,
and then you go back for maintenance
and repair.” Local Law 11 obligates building owners to erect sidewalk bridging and
scaffolding whenever there is the potential for hazardous conditions for passersby. Work is nearing completion on the
1300 York Avenue building, Olin Hall, Lasdon House and the S-Building.
THE FACETED GLASS FAÇADE IS NEARLY COMPLETED ON THE
NEW AMBULATORY CARE AND MEDICAL EDUCATION BUILDING.
says, a strictly glass building “would be
too bland and staid.” The idea of
faceting the glass on the north and east
sides arose to create a crystal elegance
and a warmer, more inviting building.
The south side of the new building
maintains much of the stippled white
brick evident on the rest of the campus.
A water-white glass that has a low
iron content was used to make the color a soft white rather than the green
(caused by the iron content) usually
associated with clear glass. The architect also used a ceramic frit (a powdered
glass material, which creates a glazed
white finish when applied to glass) to
maintain a consistency of color. “The
faceting of the glass adds a lightness to
the building,” says Mr. Schliemann.
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Lecture Hall A-250 Gets a Makeover
ecture Hall A-250, and its twin, A-950, were built in the late 1960s and sorely needed updating. “The chairs were like sitting in the cheap seats at a ballpark,” says
Medical College architect Gwen Glass, Project Manager. “They were tiny and
really uncomfortable. In addition, we needed to update the room to accommodate
the growing need for distance learning with our campus in Qatar.”
In Summer 2004, the cosmetic and distance learning
phases of A-250 were completed before students returned
for the school year. “This past
summer we took down the
ceiling and addressed the
mechanical systems to better
control heating and air conditioning,” says Ms. Glass. “The
room looks terrific and now
we hope to do the same for
Weill Cornell Medical College is located in Manhattan on the Upper East Side at York Avenue and 69th Street.
COURTESY OF LUDWIG MICHAEL GOLDSMITH, ARCHITECTS
Keeping Up Appearances
COURTESY OF POLSHEK PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS
planning for the façade of the
new Ambulatory Care and Medical Education Building, the
architects first took a look back.
The Gothic design of the Medical College and the adjacent buildings of New
York Hospital was inspired by the Palace
of the Popes at Avignon, France.
“In the older buildings, there was a
tremendous amount of masonry with
small windows with arched tops,” says
Todd Schliemann, design partner at Polshek Partnership Architects. “We noticed
as you travel north that the masonry gives
way to more glass, diminishing the brickwork and increasing the light.
“Light and air in Gothic architecture
were equated with health,” says Mr.
Schliemann. A glass façade seemed to be
the appropriate design approach. But, he
House. However, students
of the Jacob S. Lasdon House opened on asked us to allocate a larger
September 13, drawing rave reviews from area and move up the date so
students. Occupying what were previously that current residents could
two apartments, the 1,500-square-foot begin to enjoy the facility as
facility is outfitted for cardio-fitness and soon as possible. So we did.”
strength training. The center is open to
Early on in the planning
residents of Lasdon House, as well as Med- process, students appointed
ical College and graduate school students representatives to participate
who live in adjacent dormitory buildings in the design and selection of ABOVE: THE STUDENT FITNESS CENTER IS WELL EQUIPPED WITH STATE-OFTHE-ART CARDIO-FITNESS AND WEIGHT TRAINING APPARATUS.
or off campus.
equipment. “The students’
“This new facility was completely stu- ideas were very well formulated; they con- handling ventilation units. It is also
dent-driven,” says Andrew Kane, director, tacted outside vendors to identify appro- equipped with security cameras.
Housing, Weill Cornell Medical College. priate equipment,” says Mr. Kane. “We
During this semester, the fitness facil“Initially, the fitness center was to occupy really wanted it to be something that the ity in Olin Hall will undergo an upgrade
less space and scheduled for construction student community would like.”
and the floor of the basketball court will
following the full renovations of Lasdon
One room is dedicated to cardio-fitness, be resurfaced.
complete with treadmills, elliptical
trainers, stair climbers, stationary Ambulatory Care Building Façade
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bicycles, as well as a strengthening
“The façade appears both translucent and
and conditioning area. The second
room houses a variety of stacked reflective simultaneously.”
The building is also energy efficient due
weights, free weights, pulley equipment, barbells and dumbbells. to the special glass and frit construction and
The cardio-fitness room is open 24 because the façade predominantly faces
hours a day, seven days a week to north. The frit also goes a long way to help
accommodate students’ schedules. control the amount of energy used.
The strength training room is The façade is essentially a chevron pattern
of repeated V shapes that also contributes
open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
ANDREW KANE, DIRECTOR OF HOUSING; FITNESS REP BARBARA
to the visual interest of the building.
The new facility was conSCHRECK, THIRD-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT; BARRY DUIGNAN,
“This building will be welcoming and
SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR FACILITIES FOR THE MEDICAL COLLEGE;
CAROL STOREY-JOHNSON, MD, SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN OF
flooring, soundproofed walls, and reflective of the compassion and care found
EDUCATION; AND FITNESS REP HARMA TURBENDIAN, SECOND-YEAR
special air conditioning and air inside,” observes Mr. Schliemann.
MEDICAL STUDENT, SHOW OFF THE CARDIO-FITNESS EQUIPMENT.
THE FITNESS CENTER ON THE SECOND FLOOR
CONSTRUCTION SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2005
YORK AVENUE AMBULATORY CARE BUILDING
LASDON HOUSE UPGRADE
CARDIOLOGY LABS RENOVATION
CELL BIOLOGY EXPANSION
PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS TRAINING FACILITY
PHYSICIAN ORGANIZATION BILLING OFFICE
WMC-Q LIAISON OFFICE
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PHOTOS BY WEILL CORNELL ART & PHOTO
New Fitness Center Opens at Lasdon House