When the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) decided to expand its campus, it was faced with a spatial challenge—there was not one square foot of existing space available at the mid-town Manhattan campus. Working with the facilities management team at MSKCC, our project management team developed a strategy and design that was the most cost-effective solution for providing superior health services.
After engaging with a mechanical and structural engineering firm, our team determined that building on top of the existing structure—establishing a ‘piece of land in the sky’—would be the best way to create space. The project included the infill infrastructure, a new pathology laboratory, a 21-room interventional operating platform floor, an inpatient suite, and a new pediatrics day hospital.
Our plans consisted of a steel superstructure and involved 28 ‘make-ready’ locations, where working areas of the hospital were cleared to allow the columns to pass safely and securely. The project involved moving people, hospital functions, and in some cases, entire departments to make space for the renovations.