Glastonbury, CT – On Friday night, June 20, 2014, officials from the Western Connecticut Health Network, Gilbane Building Company and The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. (SLAM) came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new 300,000 square foot Peter and Carmen Lúcia Buck Pavilion at Danbury Hospital, a regional medical center and university teaching hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. The state-of-the-art building is named for Dr. Peter Buck and his late wife.
The largest expansion in the hospital’s history, Gilbane Building Company provided Construction Management Services and SLAM completed the design for Danbury Hospital’s new patient tower.
“Enhancing patient care and the overall patient experience was at the cornerstone of this project,” said John Hawley, Gilbane vice president. “This state of the art facility for Danbury Hospital will serve as a model for the next generation of healthcare.”
“We have recognized that healthcare takes place at levels beyond patient medical needs; it’s become as much about making the process easier, more accommodating and less stressful,” said Steven W. Ansel, AIA, ACHA, SLAM principal. “As patients and families are educated about their options for choice, the ability to shop for care, the competition for market share becomes increasingly important as does providing the optimal experience.”
Upon arrival at Danbury Hospital, patients and visitors will be welcomed by a beautifully landscaped main entry featuring an Oasis garden and an inviting lobby space accessible to nearby parking and the hospital’s enlarged parking garage. The new 11-story North Tower connects to the existing hospital and includes three 35-bed medical/surgical floors, a 30-bed intensive care unit/critical care unit and a 45,000 square foot state-of-the-art Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department. Throughout the hospital, all patient rooms have been converted to single-bed, private rooms to enhance both patient care and the patient experience. Family space is offered on each floor, including comfortable waiting areas and private space to consult with physicians and hospital staff.
The project was constructed utilizing U.S. Green Building Standards and is targeting LEED Gold Certification.