Danbury CT – Officials from the Western Connecticut Health Network, S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. and Gilbane Building Company came together recently to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new 300,000sf Peter and Carmen Lúcia Buck Pavilion at Danbury Hospital, a regional medical center and university teaching hospital.
The largest expansion in the hospital’s history, SLAM completed the design and Gilbane provided construction management services for Danbury Hospital’s new patient tower. “We have recognized that health care 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.
“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.”
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 45,000sf 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.