NY-P Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Center for Community Health

The new 400,000 sf building will include the following components: Ambulatory Surgery Suites, Endoscopy, Pain Management, Cancer Center, ENT, Urology, Women’s Center, Satellite Radiology, After-hours Urgent Care, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Neurosciences. Scheduled to open in 2020, the facility will be the largest ambulatory care center in Brooklyn, providing world-class patient care and helping to meet the growing demand for the treatment of cancer, diabetes and hypertension, in addition to a range of other innovative outpatient services. Vidaris’ services included envelope consulting in conjunction with also providing energy analysis for NYSERDA and LEED. NYSERDA cost shared the energy analysis to support incentives for achieving higher levels of energy efficiency. The measures included in the final design include:
  • Additional insulation for above grade exterior walls, roofs and underground walls
  • High performance glazing
  • Low-power Lighting Design
  • High-efficiency Lighting Controls (e.g.Vacancy Sensors, Daylighting & Bi-level controls)
  • Chilled water system
  • VAV air handling units
  • Variable fans and pumps
  • Demand controlled Parking Garage ventilation
  • Regenerative braking for elevators
Additionally, Vidaris performed the analyses and prepared to documentation for the energy credits for the project’s LEED rating. In the end, Vidaris helped the project achieve energy savings of 13% relative to the LEED baseline.

Health Education Campus

Located at 9501 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, the Health Education Campus is a medical university building commissioned by two clients: Cleveland Clinic (CC) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The 450,000 sf building houses four different schools: CWRU School of Dental Medicine, CWRU Nursing School, CWRU Medical School and The Lerner School of Medicine. These schools each have their own unique spaces (i.e. lecture halls, classrooms, skills labs, admin and office workstations, meeting rooms, conference rooms and staff lounges) placed around the edge of the rectangular building. Designed to be open plan, communal and inclusive, the building provides large flexible study areas and a central, ground floor 27,000 sf, glass roof, four-story atrium and courtyard, which operates as an assembly point, circulation zone, and food service area. With regard to the exterior design, the exterior of the building is predominantly window wall, the four‐story atrium space is enclosed by a large open trussed skylight roof system, two mechanical penthouses are located on the roof, and the perimeter of the roof has a large metal panel clad overhang. As part of the team, Vidaris provided exterior wall, roofing, and waterproofing services. Vidaris also led the Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) initiative with the ultimate aim to achieve a LEED Silver status. The BECx process ensures quality assurance and quality control of the enclosure systems throughout the design, construction, and initial occupation phases. The following enclosure systems were included in the commissioning process: Ribbon Window Wall, Ribbon Window Truss, Storefront, Sag Rod Wall, Skylight, East/West Curtain Wall, Fire‐rated Curtain Wall, Penthouse Enclosure, Canopy, Soffit, Coping, Core Stoneglass Wall, Skylight Roofing, Main Roofing, and Penthouse Roofing. Through the establishment of Owner’s Project Requirements and the technical review of systems’ design, fabrication, installation, and testing, Vidaris contributed to the realization of the Health Education Campus. Our final BECx report summarizes the Commissioning Plan execution, recommends further action for open issues, and outlines remaining closeout documents.

100 Binney Street

50 and 60 Binney Street

50 + 60 Binney Street are part of the Alexandria Center at Kendall Square, a 2.6 million sqft rentable science and technology campus, which includes a two-acre master-planned green community space. 50 Binney Street was designed to accommodate innovative technology and life science usage with retail at ground level. 60 Binney has flexible floorplates for offices, and a private underground parking with car-share service.

Vidaris professionals have provided LEED consulting from the beginning of the design. Sustainable features include, among others:
•Exceeding the MA Energy Code by 20%
•Stormwater collection
•Filter system for nonpotable water uses
•10% of construction materials were targeted to be regionally sourced
•Wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council will be used for over 50% (by cost) all new wood used on the project
•Coordination with tenants for sustainability

MSKCC - Josie Robertson Surgery Center

MSKCC - Evelyn Lauder Breast and Imaging Center

The plan for the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering stresses involvement and intergrated medical, surgical, and imaging services to allow multi-disciplinary consultations. The exterior is made of glass, gold tone brick, and stone. The lighting is set so that the center has a welcoming, hotel-like environment. The new center allows for patients to be more effectively treated for breast cancer in a warm environment.

Colkett Translational Research Building

This 3-million square foot expansion to an existing patient care and research facility consists of world-class research, clinical research, office, ambulatory care, and support spaces.  The project was built in several phases. Vidaris assisted the project team in identifying and implementing base-building and laboratory-specific resource conserving practices (energy, water and material), and also supported the project’s selection of environmentally preferable materials protection of indoor environmental quality.

Vidaris also analyzed the master plan to determine how to best integrate the sustainability goals with the construction phasing (including utilizing the LEED for Campuses application guide).  Vidaris studied LEED certification options for single-phase applications, combined phase applications, as well as a campus application program.

Lab-specific energy conserving strategies, examined via modeling, include sensible recovery, variable volume exhaust, variable volume fume hoods, and use of the laboratory glycol heat recovery system.  Additional lab-specific strategies proposed include water conservation with RODI reject water used as grey water and use of low-emitting paints and coatings as high-performance products.

Columbia University Medical Center - Allan Rosenfield Building

Vidaris has assisted the client and Mancini Duffy Architecture in creating an energy-efficient, environmentally-considered fit-out.  The space is designed  to extend natural light as much as possible, and to do so in an energy-efficient manner.  To this end, the existing windows have been replaced with new, spectrally-selective low-e units.  Office fronts include glazing to allow daylight deeper into the space.  Other sustainable features include efficient lighting with occupancy sensors, Energy Star office equipment and appliances, high efficiency fan coil units, water conserving fixtures achieving over a 30% water usage reduction, and low/no VOC building materials and low-emitting furniture systems.

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

This new health care facility addresses the ongoing needs of children with serious ailments and disabilities.  The project includes patient rooms, family facilities, school classrooms, therapeutic facilities and administrative areas.  Vidaris performed LEED consulting, energy analyses and commissioning, in support of the design team (Perkins Eastman Architects and Jaros Baum & Bolles MEP).  The building has certain unusual features, including triple-pane low-e glass, highly-insulated walls, condensing boilers and heat recovery.  Vidaris' work was cofunded by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.

MSKCC - Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Building offers MSK’s cancer researchers state-of-the-art laboratory spaces while responding to stringent urban design, zoning, and phasing constraints. Located on a dense urban site, the 420-foot-tall research tower also represents a new paradigm for urban laboratory buildings. Vidaris performed the shop drawing review and shop inspection, witnessed the curtain wall performance mock-up, and performed the site inspection. Vidaris reviewed and commented on the infiltration detailing, thermal bridge detailing and building tightness for new construction. Vidaris provided LEED and energy efficiency consulting to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and to Cosentini Associates to achieve a sustainable building. All categories of the LEED rating systems were addressed: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; innovative design. There are specially fabricated wall panels designed to allow fresh air to be pulled into the air conditioning system and “stale” air to be exhausted throughout the 23-story building.