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April 2009
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Topic of the Month: A Challenging Expansion for The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Architectural Firm of the Month: Perkins Eastman Architects

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Architectural Firm of the Month: Perkins Eastman Architects

chams finishedThe finished expansion of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Photo Courtesy Perkins Eastman Architects

Perkins Eastman specializes in progressive and innovative design that exceeds client goals and enhances the human experience. Since its founding in 1981, Perkins Eastman has become a leading international architecture, urban design, and interior design firm offering programming, planning, design, strategic planning, and consulting services.
The firm has adopted a sustainable approach to its practices, both in the work they do for clients and in their own office environment. The firm is committed to making their projects and offices environmentally sensitive, energy-efficient, sustainable and healthy to occupy. In recognizing that healthy buildings both improve quality of life and increase employee productivity, the firm believes sustainable design is also smart design.

Perkins Eastman is united in the belief that innovative design is the result of an understanding of the client's goals and aspirations, the building type, context, and budget, and the synthesis of these issues by architects with proven design abilities. This philosophy allows the firm to produce award-winning projects and earn the respect of clients, resulting in long-term relationships.

The firm has cultivated a diverse portfolio of projects in the following practice areas: Corporate Interiors, Country Club, Cultural, Government, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hotels, Housing, Office Buildings, K-12 Education, Religious, Retail, Science and Technology, Senior Living and Urban Design.

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Topic of the Month: A Challenging Expansion for The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
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This image shows the steel structure of the expansion in place with columns running into the radiology building. The Children's Hospital (silver building) can be seen in the back ground. Photo Courtesy Perkins Eastman Architects

Renata Zednicek, Senior Associate at Perkins Eastman Architects in New York, NY, was kind enough to speak with us about the expansion of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, completed in 2006. Zednicek served as both the Project Manager as well as the Senior Architect on the project.

Zednicek explains, "The operating room expansion of the Children's Hospital was an architectural, structural and logistical challenge. It involved building an addition to the third floor of the Children's Hospital that would provide a suite of five new operating rooms. The addition would be at the third floor of the Children's Hospital only, and would sit on pier columns that needed to run through the roof of and down into the single story Radiology building located directly beneath the expansion. Furthermore, the third floor expansion would butt against yet another building of the hospital with a break through at that point, enabling passage into it."

Installing twelve new columns inside the Radiology building that projected through its roof to support the expansion above was a nearly impossible task, according to Zednicek. "The spacing of the columns was such that there were few areas in the Radiology building unaffected by the work. The first challenge was a careful survey and structural design that would locate the columns away from major imaging equipment, such as the MRI and CT scan machines. The resulting column grid was elaborate with many offsets and irregularities, and special care had to be taken to keep the columns clear of main corridors in the Radiology building. What was particularly problematic was the fact that most of the available locations for columns were not always the most structurally ideal."

"The Radiology Building needed to remain fully operational during all stages of construction, so each of the columns was installed as a separate phase involving temporary relocation of departments occupying each area of excavation. When work in a particular area was complete, the space was renovated with new finishes and millwork so the occupants could move back in. Once the project was complete, Radiology would have a newly renovated department in exchange for accommodating the construction of the expansion."

"The inherent challenges posed by the project were complicated by the fact that the Radiology building is an old building that was constructed in the 1950s, and it has had a number of renovations during its lifespan. As a result, there was a predominance of piping and infrastructure associated with equipment that was no longer in use. During nearly each column footing excavation phase, existing piping was discovered and there were no records available as to what purpose the piping served. So each pipe needed to be carefully traced back to its source to determine whether it supplied an active piece of radiology equipment, or had been abandoned in place as part of a previous renovation and could therefore be removed."

"Due to the phasing required, this project took nearly two years to build, in contrast to the 8-10 month time that it takes to construct similar projects without the phasing challenges of this nature. While such a phasing program adds considerable expense to a project, the hospital was willing to incur the costs to provide a much-needed surgery suite for their Children's Hospital.  The hospital's existing operating rooms, located in a separate building, were dated and not sufficiently sized to accommodate the large equipment associated with specialty procedures such as Orthopedic surgery. The project provided a much-needed expansion for the hospital in an unlikely location with challenges rarely encountered on most projects."

Helpful Links for Architects

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community
The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit:

The AIA's "Navigating the Economy" Website

The AIA has created a website called Navigating the Economy which offers helpful links to articles and resources for architects during these challenging economic times. Some of the resources listed include: Available Project Listings, Design Opportunities for the Federal Government, a Speaker's Registry, various podcasts and webcasts regarding the state of the economy, Tax Breaks for architects, and numerous articles with suggestions on how to not only survive, but build your business during an economic downturn. Please visit:

Architect Online's Continuing Education Center
Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit:

ArchitectTV offers video news and industry insights into market intelligence, business and technology solutions, and more for industry professionals looking to get the latest information from the experts at Architect magazine and Hanley Wood. View the latest videos from ArchitectTV by clicking here: - Calendar of Events has a list of seminars, courses, conferences, workshops and trade shows around the country and abroad, for architects and other building industry professionals. To view listings of events through June, visit:

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit:

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