Emergency Medical Building

Location:  Syracuse, NY

Completed:  February 2012

Program:  Emergency Department, CPEP, Data Technology, Observation Unit

Construction Type:  New Construction/Addition

SustainabilityLEED Silver Certified

Awards:  2013 AIACNY Architecture Citation for Design

The St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Services Department project began as a campus wide Master Plan concentrating on two growing hospital specialties, the Emergency Department and Surgical Services.  To maintain uninterrupted hospital operations during construction, the project was broken into two major stages beginning with the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) building.  Contained within the addition is Emergency Department (E.D.), Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), a Data Technology Center, and a new Observation Unit.

Located at the north end of the campus, the Emergency Services Department responds to the scale, color and materiality of its surroundings.  The addition is composed of a series of intersection volumes which help to mitigate the building scale with the surrounding single-family homes and small commercial structures.

The design creates a facility that is patient centered, technologically advanced, and welcoming.  On the interior, the Emergency Department utilizes colors and finishes to enhance way-finding.  Furthermore, each department is divided into zones that allow the facility to adjust the fluctuations in patient volumes.   The project received LEED Silver certification for its use of sustainable design strategies including natural daylighting and efficient mechanical systems. From the large circular clerestory and smaller skylights in the main ED ballroom, to high clerestory windows at interior spaces, there are few areas within the design that do not have access to natural light. The design incorporates a green roof system that helps to divert storm water and provides a pleasant view from the new inpatient tower.