Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

New York, NY


David H. Koch Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

At the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, patients receive integrated care and undergo complex procedures on an outpatient basis. With a focus on the human experience, the program provides a comprehensive suite of services for patients in a contemporary and soothing environment. The design of the leading-edge facility is the result of a collaboration among HOK as architect, Ballinger as medical architect and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as consulting architect for building envelope and lobby.

Patients enter through a soaring, light-filled space with unobstructed paths to a central reception desk and self-registration kiosks, from which they proceed to elevators that carry them to clinical floors. Clinical support spaces are patient-focused and efficient, with the flexibility to accommodate future technologies and changes in patient care. The facility’s primary services include outpatient surgery, endoscopy, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, infusion, and digestive disease treatments.

Within the 40-foot-high lobby, a sweeping mezzanine offers a multipurpose gathering space with food service and a direct connection to the adjoining Wellness Center. An open stair invites access to the more intimate upper mezzanine, providing a comfortable “living room” for patients and their families.

An all-glass facade was suggested by the fact that the exterior edge of the building is primarily circulation space. The insertion of a wood screen into the triple-glazed assembly and application of a frit pattern on the inner surface of the outer pane give the curtain wall its distinctive character, achieving richness and variety in a highly sustainable form.

SITE: At York Avenue and 68th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

COMPONENTS: 734,000 ft2 / 68,000 m2 gross area; ambulatory care center for cancer care, treatment of digestive diseases, outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, and diagnostic imaging; maternity ward; health and wellness center; conference center; dining facilities; underground parking

CLIENT: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

PCF&P SERVICES: Building envelope and lobby

SUSTAINABILITY: Registered for LEED Gold certification


Best Healthcare Project
Engineering News Record New York, 2018

Outstanding Project, Healthcare
Greater New York Construction User Council, 2018

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Status: Built
Location: New York, New York
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Architect of Record: HOK, Inc., New York; Medical Planning: Ballinger, Philadelphia; Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, New York; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Syska Hennessy Group, New York; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners