NYU Langone Health, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion
A critical component of the transformation of NYU Langone Health’s midtown Manhattan campus, the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion is the first hospital in New York City to provide private rooms for all patients. Certified as LEED Platinum, the new building sets a new standard for hospital design and patient care.
The Kimmel Pavilion, with 374 single-patient rooms and 30 operating and procedure rooms, embodies NYU Langone’s commitment to redesigning how patient-centric care is delivered. The result is a clinical environment that sets a new standard in New York City for quality, technological innovation, safety, and the overall experience for patients, family, and caregivers.
Anchoring the north end of the campus, the Kimmel Pavilion’s glass tower projects an open, transparent, and public face for the institution. The building is set back from the street to create a landscaped plaza where patients and visitors are welcomed in a calm and safe environment. Thoughtful design throughout reassures patients and families that their physical and emotional needs are always at the center of care.
Lobby and Atrium
A light-filled atrium connects the main entrance to a series of stepped, gently curving balconies above, each housing a reception and family waiting area. Patients and visitors intuitively grasp how to move through the building, easily seeing where they are going and where they have been, always connected to the outdoors, natural light, and views of the city beyond.
The seventh-floor rooftop level is dedicated to public space and amenities, including academic and conference space, a child-life and family-support center, and café. The roof-terrace is divided into three distinct areas: an outdoor dining area with views of the East River, a more densely planted garden, and a play space for children.
Building Form and Planning
The geometry of the building was informed by the presence of four northeast corridor rail tunnels which cross beneath the site. To avoid bearing on the tunnels, the new structure is designed to span over them like a bridge.
Above, the bed tower is broken down into two “neighborhoods” to reduce the scale of the experience for staff and patients. Distinct views of the city and the East River at the end of each corridor help with orientation and way
-finding, and fill staff work areas with daylight.
Inpatient Care Units
Each patient room is designed to maximize the patient’s comfort and safety, to facilitate the process of healing, and to integrate family members as part of the care team. From the bed, patients can control the room’s lighting, window shades, and ambient temperature. A digital footwall allows patients to chat with those at home, learn about their condition and treatment, order meals, communicate with care
-givers, and track the day’s schedule. Each room is equipped with a fold-out bed to allow a family member to remain with the patient through the night.
For caregivers, the workplace environment supports collaboration and efficiency by providing the right material, technology, and information in the right location. Ample access to daylight, nature, and proper lighting and acoustics enable caregivers to do their best work with sustained focus and compassion.
The new building works in tandem with the adjacent Tisch Hospital, with all diagnostic and treatment services, ancillary support, servicing, and public amenities integrated within the first six floors of the combined facility.
- New York, NY
- 830,000 GSF
- 374 Inpatient Rooms, 34 Operating and Procedure Rooms, Dedicated Pediatric Facility, Public Lobby, Atrium, Cafeteria, Conference Center, Café, Roof Terrace
- LEED Platinum
- Ennead Team
Thomas Wong, Duncan Hazard, David Tepper, James Sinks, Kevin Krudwig, Elizabeth Arnaiz, Matthew Dionne, Amy Cantwell, Dean Kim, Brian Masuda, Stephen PD Chu, Todd Van Varick, Megan Miller, Hsin-Yi Wu, Fernando Suarez, Rick Michod, Michael Mangiagli, Stefan Abel, Alfonso Gorini, Philip Holub, Christen Johansen, Peter Juang, Vram Malek, Gregory Canaras, Peter Ogman
- Associate Architect
- Structural Consultant
- MEP/IT Consultant
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
- Landscape Consultant
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Sean Airhart/NBBJ, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects
- Healthcare Design Showcase, Honorable Mention
- Engineering Excellence Award (EEA), Structural Systems, ACEC New York Diamond Award
- Engineering News Record New York, Best Healthcare Project Award
- SEAoNY's Engineer's, People's Choice Award