City OKs pharmacy, lab building (New Haven Register)
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
City OKs pharmacy, lab building
By Mary E. O’Leary
NEW HAVEN — The city moved ahead with a second component of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Wednesday, approving the six-story Park Street laboratory and pharmacy structure with a glass facade that will form a changing mosaic of translucent and reflecting light.
The 140,000-square-foot building will be connected to the adjacent Air Rights Garage by a five-level glass atrium with views of West Rock from the top floor.
The City Plan Commission approved the $40 million building, which will house support services and offices for Yale-New Haven’s cancer center, under construction across South Frontage Road and expected to open in December 2009.
In addition to the connection to the garage, which will serve hospital patients, the building will feature retail development on the ground floor and a 175-seat auditorium on the second floor. It will be joined by a bridge on the fourth floor to the cancer center.
The basement will have eight loading docks which will serve the hospital’s shipping and receiving needs and remove truck traffic from the immediate area.
The plan was almost held up by city Engineer Richard Miller’s concerns over the turning radius from North Frontage Road to Park Street and the possible need for another turning lane onto South Frontage.
The city has had to weigh the needs of pedestrians in the area versus vehicular traffic and ambulances approaching the hospital.
Attorneys for Fusco Corp., which is building the structure for Y-NH, but will assume ownership at some point, said they would look at Miller’s suggestions with the final determination made by the state Traffic Commission.
Architect Barry Svigals said there would be four hues of color reflecting the limestone on the cancer center and, depending on the time of day, the mosaic will look different in different light.
“This building during the course of the day will be transformed, depending on the angle and the intensity of the light,” Svigals said. He offered that the atrium, which will be open 24/7, will be one of the most exciting spaces in the city.”
Svigals and Partners joined with Behnisch Architects of California to design the building.