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Lenox Health Greenwich Village

New York, NY
  • Photo credit: Franco Folini / Flickr Creative Commons.

This 5-story double-dentured structure, located within the Greenwich Village Historic District, was designed by Albert Ledner & Associates and completed in 1964. It originally served as the National Maritime Union headquarters. Following the building’s acquisition by Northwell Health, the design team undertook a comprehensive restoration and renovation to transform it into the city’s first free-standing emergency department. The facility now includes surgical facilities, imaging services, a modern ambulance bay (which required a cutout in the building’s shell below new built up channel lintels), and offices for outpatient services.

Restoration work included removing the white ceramic tiles installed in 1977 and replacing them with a concrete finish similar to the original facade.

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The design team partially removed a second story that was added during the 1970s to accommodate high-tech equipment for emergency services on the main floor. Work also included the design of new rooftop mechanical equipment on steel dunnage behind an architectural screen.

The design team partially removed a second story that was added during the 1970s to accommodate high-tech equipment for emergency services on the main floor. Work also included the design of new rooftop mechanical equipment on steel dunnage behind an architectural screen.

The building’s location is directly adjacent to multiple New York City subway lines, with a station entrance at the south east corner of the site. The design team, led by Langan, established rules for limiting impact to the subway and met with the New York City Transit Authority (TA) early on. Changes to the building did not impact the loads on the tunnels, so coordination with the TA focused on new foundations for the entry canopy. Silman employed deep foundations to avoid imposing new load on the tunnels.

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