Ground has been broken on a new $250M in-patient building at South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, New York.
The new 21,600sq m facility — to be located in Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze neighbourhood — will replace the Psychiatric Center's 47-year-old buildings that are below the New York State flood zone height requirements.
The five-storey building will comprise 250 adult beds and 12 children beds.
It will also feature a range of amenities such as outdoor porches, communal living spaces, medical and dental clinics, a school, as well as separate recreation and therapy spaces for children and adults.
Multiple flood prevention measures will be adopted in the development of the building. 186,000t of soil will be moved onto the health campus to raise the elevation of the building site and protect the building against flooding.
The building’s residential and recreation areas will be positioned 20ft above sea-level, while new drainage systems will be installed throughout the campus to expedite the removal of flood water during storms.
Furthermore, the project will be an energy-efficient structure, featuring a ‘living roof’ planted with native flora to insulate the building, absorb rainwater and serve as natural habitat for wildlife. It has also been designed to optimise natural light penetration, and reduce noise levels.
Dasny president and CEO Gerrard Bushell said: "Delivering facilities like this one is Dasny's core mission.
“Our work creates the foundation that helps communities thrive and we are proud to do it in partnership with the Office of Mental Health."
The project is anticipated to be complete in late 2019 or early 2020, and is expected to employ 400 workers during the construction phase.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.