Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00
Mineola Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen expects the steel structure of Winthrop University Hospital’s new $60 million research center on Mineola Boulevard will be finished by the first week of September.
Whalen expects engineer plans of the interior of the building soon. The hospital intends to hold a “topping-out” ceremony when the last steel I-beam is set in place on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.
The four-story, .893 acre facility would house research into obesity and diabetes as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary related issues, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) among
others. The building would total 94,000 square feet, village officials said.
“[Research] will be centralized there, though some research will continue throughout the hospital,” said Carolann Martines, a Winthrop spokeswoman. “As a true translational research center, the building has been designed to provide for working relationships as well as chance encounters between diverse researchers – those involved in pure “bench” research and those conducting clinical trials – in order to promote innovative ideas and bring about breakthroughs.”
Winthrop presented the plan in July 2011 and it was approved two months later. According to hospital officials, the building should be completed by the end of 2014. The building was designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, which also designed the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
“It’s moving along on schedule,” Whalen said. “The last piece of steel...there’s going to be some type of ceremony with the hospital. It’ll probably be an all-day affair. Ultimately, they’re going to have people sign the last steel piece as it goes into the structure.”
The new building will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, which serves as a clinical satellite of the Stony Brook School of Medicine, according to hospital reps. Space will be devoted to classrooms, medical training facilities and a simulation lab, where students train with lifelike robotic mannequins. A 400-seat amphitheater will function as both a lecture hall and a venue for community education events sponsored by the hospital.
The Regional Economic Development Council awarded the project a $1 million grant to support the construction after the ground-breaking in January.
After the plan was approved in fall 2011, the hospital’s outreach center was knocked down to make way for the new facility. Also on the site was a former poison control center, additional offices associated with the hospital and the former La Cisterna restaurant.
Winthrop contributed $1 million to the village for improvements and public amenities. Approximately $250,000 was awarded to Mineola upon issuance of construction permits and three additional payments of $250,000 were awarded three months, six months and nine months later.
Winthrop will install streetscape improvements along the south, west and east sides of the subject property, including but not limited to sidewalk pavers, trees and benches to match those downtown. The hospital will pay village real estate taxes on all its properties.