Largest Green Healthcare Project Completed

KBE CM at Risk


New operating room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center – Revette Photography

Syracuse, NY – Doctors, nurses, and patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center are now enjoying the increased efficiency and productivity promised by the Northeast’s largest green healthcare construction project, completed with help from KBE Building Corporation of Farmington, Conn.

Partnering with Hayner Hoyt Corporation of Syracuse, KBE served as construction manager at risk for the $95 million, 200,000sf, full-service, critical care Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower, which features 110 spacious private rooms and a 4,000sf surgical waiting room with seating for approximately 135 people.


New operating room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center – Revette Photography

The Nappi Tower is located on the north end of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a nonprofit, 431-bed hospital and healthcare system providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State.

The surgical tower, which took one year to build, was designed by King & King Architects to maximize productivity while minimizing the possibility for medical errors.

The new surgical tower extends St. Joseph’s green footprint beyond its LEED Silver-certified Emergency Services Building.

Green features include reduced water usage; storm water retention system; recycled content used in building materials and finishes; and low or no volatile organic compounds in paints, carpets, and finishes.


New operating room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center – Revette Photography

The entire building is powered by green energy.






More than 1,100 construction workers representing all trades installed the following:

  •         2,313,000 feet of wire
  •         311,000 pounds of ductwork
  •         3,200,000 pounds of steel
  •         8,329 cubic yards of concrete
  •         915,000 square feet of drywall
  •         502,000 linear feet of studs

Thanks to a thorough and well-thought-out plan developed during Preconstruction, KBE was able to complete all work ahead of schedule and under budget without disturbing hospital patients or staff.

All construction workers were trained in hospital construction safety, a concept KBE has mastered following several phases of hospital expansion work at St. Joseph’s. During an earlier project phase, KBE partnered with Hayner Hoyt to complete an $80-million, 73,000-square-foot emergency facility and subsequent 50,000-square-foot renovation of the old emergency facility center after the new facility became fully operational. The Nappi Tower and the addition of 15 new operating rooms are the second phase of the multi-year project.

“St. Joseph’s employs some of the most caring, capable hospital staff in the country,” said KBE principal owner and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “It’s been our ongoing mission to help those caregivers meet the needs of all patients, especially the elderly and others with special medical needs.”

New patient rooms at the Nappi Tower have been designed to reduce patient falls, especially among seniors. KBE is also helping reduce falls at Tower One/Tower East in New Haven, Conn.; as part of its corporate philanthropic program 50 Ways to Make a Difference, the firm recently donated $50,000 to the senior living facility’s Wellness Program, which includes a Fall Prevention Program.

Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.

“In Connecticut, our philanthropic efforts have been focused on improving our state’s long-term economic outlook by supporting technical education and manufacturing,” said Kolakowski. “We’re thrilled that the Tower will supplement those efforts by helping to revitalize the economy in New York State.”