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Groundbreaking proton therapy center opens in Harlem

The New York Proton Therapy Center (NYPTC) opened in East Harlem at the weekend.

The center represents the first facility of its kind in New York and will be utilized by experts from New York’s leading cancer treatment providers, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, and Mount Sinai Health System.

It will treat roughly 1,400 patients each year.

Gilbane Building Company served as the construction manager on the project, providing preconstruction planning, design, construction, commissioning of the building,
and site development for the full-service proton therapy outpatient medical treatment facility.

The cyclotron itself, the largest piece of equipment, weighs approximately 170,000 pounds. A crane was used to set the equipment in the building via roof hatches in an innovative and challenging delivery.

“Proton Therapy Centers are among the most complicated, design and construction projects and it has been an honor to lend our experience and expertise to such an important project for New York City,” said William Gilbane III of Gilbane Building Company.

“This state-of-the-art facility will allow New York’s leading medical institutions deliver world-class care to patients to dramatically improve outcomes for patients across the City.”

Occupying approximately 140,000 s/f NYTPC includes one cyclotron, three rotational gantry treatment rooms, one fixed beam treatment room, one future research beam room, related PTEV support service spaces, PET/CT, two CTs, two MRIs, related clinical support spaces, and administrative areas.

The facility is a part of the 125th Street Development Project and is located in East Harlem.

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