Array provided planning and design services for the complete fitout of 12 stories at the newly developed Hutch 2 Tower – part of a Class A office complex convenient to the Medical Center. To capitalize on space, we designed a tower that utilizes the existing zoning’s 12-story height limit to create a new 280,000 SF ambulatory care center. Though the new Hutchinson tower was to become one of the largest facilities of its kind in the northeast, floor space was still limited on each level due to zoning. In order to meet Montefiore’s needs, ambulatory surgery services that includes 12 operating rooms, four procedure rooms, 64 recovery bays as well as support had to be split between three floors. The Ambulatory Center incorporates a full imaging suite with two MRIs, two CTs, four Radiology rooms, mammography and ultrasound rooms on the 2nd floor of the building. We determined that six additional elevators were needed to maximize efficiency and our patient centered approach. This vertical configuration placed an emphasis on multi-level organization and floor connectivity for equipment, materials, patients and staff to maintain the patient-centric approach.
The seven upper clinical floors are based on modules and pods so that space can easily be increased or decreased between groups as needed. Rooms can easily swing from office to consult to exam rooms due to standardized configurations and provided infrastructure. Multiple points of entry were also carefully monitored due to patients who self-park, patients who take mass transit, and patients who are dropped off. With these conditions, came additional requirements for security and emergency preparedness.