LERA wins Engineer's/People's Choice for the NYU Langone Health Kimmel Pavilion
The NYU Langone Health Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion won the Engineer's/People's Choice Award at the 2019 SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering (EiSE) Awards! LERA led the structural design of the new state-of-the-art healthcare facility, which was designed by Ennead in association with NBBJ.
The 21-story, 830,000-sf Kimmel Pavilion is a world-class patient care center consisting of a 14-story tower atop a 7-level podium that contains a suite of 30 technologically advanced operating/procedure rooms. Representing the culmination of NYU Langone Health’s decade-long vision to transform their medical campus, the Pavilion is situated on a constrained site that presented numerous structural challenges. Kimmel’s podium serves as a “bridge” that spans tunnels directly underneath, and to mitigate against future storm surges, a concealed protective flood perimeter ensures that the hospital will remain operational in the event of a major flood. Part of the funding for this project came from FEMA, with whom the design team coordinated directly.
Directly adjacent to the hospital, LERA designed the mat foundation with mini-caissons that supports "SPOT", a new larger-than-life sculpture by artist Donald Lipski located outside the entrance to the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. The 38-ft-tall piece features a Dalmatian balancing an authentic, life-sized NYC taxi on its nose, whose headlights flash at night.