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CONSTRUCTION BRIEFS: TPG designs CUNY space; GKA-designed hotel to open; $24M trauma center upgrade

● tpg architecture
Designers brand together for CUNY facility

After 55 years in a former New York City Health Department building, the administrative offices of The City University of New York have been moved to a centrally located building at 205 East 42nd Street.
TPG Architecture served as design consultants to CUNY for the new, 165,000 s/f of space.

CUNY majors wall
CUNY majors wall

The new location is home to the CUNY Welcome Center with reception services designed by TPG on the ground floor and interview and advisement services located on the eighth floor.
TPG approached the design of the Welcome Center like a retail area. The designers saw anopportunity for branding, both for CUNY as well as for the individual schools.
TPG made the front-facing areas informative and easily digestible for the target audience, most of whom are in their late teens.
The approach is more visually striking than the norm at many schools and conveys effectively the dynamism, diversity and urban quality of CUNY.
TPG adopted a wayfinding system and room identifiers throughout the CUNY portion of the building.

●gene kaufman architects
FiDi Hampton Inn ready to open

A new Hampton Inn hotel, designed by Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA), is set to make its debut in the historic building at 32 Pearl Street in Manhattan’s Financial District.
The hotel suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy, but following a restoration, it is ready to welcome guests
GKA converted the existing Art Deco-era structure into an 81-room hotel, with a new lobby designed by GKA’s Interiors Group, transforming the building into a state-of-the-art hospitality destination while retaining its old New York charm.

32 Pearl lobby
32 Pearl lobby

“32 Pearl Street had been through a number of transitions throughout its history,” said Gene Kaufman, founder of GKA.
“We wanted to preserve its classic feel and sense of solidity and permanence while returning a number of features, like the entrance and a rooftop addition, to a look more reflective of its original design.”
Built in 1930, 32 Pearl Street was designed in Art Deco style as offices with a “sun parlor” on the roof. Designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of Grand Central Station, it was one of the last buildings completed by the firm before Whitney Warren retired in 1931.
The building was later converted to apartments and now is in its third life as a hotel.
The original façade has been preserved maintaining its jewel-like boutique presence amongst the towers of Wall Street.

● stalco construction
$24M trauma center upgrade

Representatives of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and Generations+ Northern Manhattan Health Network, political and community leaders, general contractor Stalco Construction, and architect Perkins Eastman celebrated the completion of an expansion and renovation of Lincoln Medical Center Emergency Department (ED).

The emergency care facility and Level 1 trauma center is the fifth-busiest emergency department in the United States and the busiest in New York City and the region.

According to Stalco prrincipal Kevin G. Harney, “The $24 million expansion and renovation has resulted in an increase in the emergency department’s size to 57,905 s/f. The number of treatment bays has doubled from 53 to 106.”
Over the past 10 years, the communities the hospital serves saw a 15% increase in population. In 2013, patient visits totaled 177,778.

Lincoln Medical
Lincoln Medical

The expanded ED will accommodate changing demographics, an increase in number of patients and changing emergency treatment practices.
The project team included construction manager Hunter Roberts; structural engineer GACE Consulting Engineers; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer Kallen & Lemelson, Consulting Engineers; geotechnical engineer Pillori Associates; and landscape designer RGR Landscape.

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