Optimus took this project from site plan approval through occupancy working with the hospital and their Design/Build contractor, Construction Technology Group. Optimus studied several hospital campus sites before recommending this site. The Village of Mt. Kisco had placed a moratorium on the hospital’s expansion until a hospital master plan could be completed. To proceed with this project during the moratorium, we designed a building that conformed to the footprint of an existing service building that could be demolished for the project. The new addition was planned to have four floors.
This project was designed and constructed in three phases. The Radiation Therapy Unit was designed and built first. Shell space was added during construction for a second level. Then two years later, we designed the upper shell space fit-up for out-patient Chemotherapy Infusion.
Our Radiation Unit design includes a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, a CT simulator and a Gamma Knife on the ground floor in 17,000 sf. We also worked with 21st Century Oncology, a consultant and joint venture partner with the hospital. The irregular building footprint gave us opportunities to enhance the “healing” environment with both interior and exterior patios, gardens, fountains and generous natural light.
Optimus later designed the Laurie Bass Sklaver Infusion Center within the 10,000 sf shell space on the upper main floor, above the Radiation Oncology Center. Northern Westchester Hospital is a Planetree certified hospital. Joe Seligman, CEO, and his senior staff took field trips with us to learn from other infusion centers, making observations on what would work best for the hospital.
The new Chemotherapy facility includes an on-grade main entrance into a gracious carpeted reception area with a retail image recovery shop. An elevator connects Infusion with Radiation below for patient and staff convenience. A physician suite provides consult and exam rooms for several physician groups, including Mt Kisco Medical Group, one of our clients. The infusion suite includes a separate (3) chair non-cancer fast track area. The primary infusion area has (2) private rooms and (12) chairs. Large windows provide generous natural light to the infusion area. Throughout the Center there are small seating areas and a nutrition counter for patient and family comfort. All finishes and materials were selected and detailed to create a hospitality quality that makes each patient feel like a guest. Staff and visitors all confirm that this Planetree facility is a true “healing” environment.