The Kings County Hospital Center is a major teaching hospital and the principal healthcare provider for the central Brooklyn community. The client’s major goal for this multi-phased project was to replace outdated facilities with smaller, flexible, and efficient new buildings. In doing so, the project would reduce operating costs and upgrade the patient experience to meet appropriate standards of care.
Phase I is a 250,000-square-foot, 340-bed inpatient pavilion that incorporates a new drop-off area and main lobby for the entire campus. It replaces all acute care, critical care, pediatric, and obstetric beds, as well as NICU and well-baby nurseries. Phase II and Phase III comprise a 245,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment facility and the renovation of an adjacent building for ambulatory care. Phase IV is a new inpatient and outpatient Behavioral Health Center. Phase V will demolish remaining buildings, and create landscaped gardens that also provide for future expansion.
The design creates a new entry and public circulation spine linking the diagnostic and treatment, inpatient, and ambulatory care components. Simple, efficient floors provide a balance of patient privacy and staff observation. The massing of the inpatient pavilion responds to the existing buildings and surrounding urban context, enhancing the campus image.