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Francis Cauffman unveils designs for new Brooklyn healthcare building

Francis Cauffman has unveiled the first images of its design for 620 Fulton, a new health center and mixed-use building for The New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Health Benefits Fund, Health Center, Inc. (HCI).

The building will create a strong presence for HCI, which is the largest New York City organization directly providing health benefits to its union membership, retirees, and dependents.

It is on track to break ground in Spring 2015 and open in Fall 2016.

Rendering of 620
Rendering of 620 Fulton

The 180,000 s/f, 12-story building is a new investment for HCI that brings a health center, office space, retail space, a restaurant, and public amenities to the Brooklyn neighborhoods. 620 Fulton Street is one block from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on Fulton Street between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place.

It has a teardrop form and textured glass façade with frits and fins. An outdoor public space connects to the district’s existing open space network.
The HCI health center occupies five floors of the building. A major tenant will lease 40,000 s/f of the remaining 70,000 s/f of office space. The building will also have 20,000 s/f of retail space at the building’s base.

The building incorporates terraces at the 6th floor setback and on the roof, as well as ground-level retail and dining facilities.

James Crispino, AIA, NCARB, design principal of Francis Cauffman, said “We are delighted to work in partnership with HCI to achieve their vision for 620 Fulton, while transforming the Brooklyn Cultural District into a 24/7 community.”

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The building should open by Spring 2016.

The entire building has a unitized curtain wall system with fritted glass and 10-inch glass fins that project from the facades. The south façade will contain a mural designed by a local artist (yet to be selected). The team is targeting a LEED Silver certification.

The project team includes Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer), JB&B (building systems engineer), Langan (site/civil engineer) and Skanska (construction manager).

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