Chelsea District Health Clinic

Market: Commercial - Healthcare
Type: Medical Center
Location: New York, NY
Developer/Owner: The City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Architect: Stephen Yablon Architect PLLC
Certification: LEED v2 Cl

Project Background:

The City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has conducted a major gut interior renovation of the Cellar, 1st and 2nd Floors of the Chelsea District Health Center Building that includes exterior improvements. This modernization includes a new lobby, state-of-the-art STD Clinic, administrative offices, new MEP/FP infrastructure, new elevators, a renovate accessible entrance with interior lift, replacement of an existing stair, and a new rooftop mechanical screen.

Project Services:

SWA provided sustainability advising and consulting during design and construction, and energy efficiency consulting to aid in the achievement of LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. By incorporating some of the measures outlined below, in addition to other sizable sustainability efforts, the project has successfully received  Gold-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.


Primary Resource Conservation Measures:

At the West elevation, the existing park-facing facade was given a new dramatic focus with a vertical strip of curtain-wall, using clear low-E glass, with light grey glass spandrels for increased energy efficiency. Other energy saving measures proposed include a new reflective roof and interior side insulation at existing exterior walls, 15% reduction in lighting power density, and installation of efficient equipment and appliances throughout. Materials with high recycled content are used throughout, including Corian, steel, aluminum and concrete. The design team intends to install low-flow faucets, high efficiency toilets, and low flow urinals.


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