Bellevue Hospital Medical Center, New Ambulatory Care Center

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided lighting, telecommunications, security, fire protection, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services to improve various building systems in this major medical center in New York.


  • Size: 207,000 square feet
  • Client: Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
  • Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
  • Completion Date: 2005

This healthcare project encompasses approximately 207,000 square feet. It includes a 21,000-square-foot lobby and atrium area that is the focal point of the facility and the new grand entrance to the hospital. Tetra Tech designed the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems that serve the lobby, which are aesthetically integrated into the building’s architecture. The HVAC systems that serve the atrium use a tiered distribution and a smoke purge system, in excess of 300,000 cubic feet per minute, that was incorporated into the architectural design of the lobby and atrium areas. The project also entailed the renovation and reconfiguration of an existing 55,000-square-foot patient unit to a new critical care unit and infrastructure upgrades, including the refurbishment of a 9,000-ton chiller plant, new air-handling units, and air distribution systems, and the addition of a campus chilled water distribution system.

Tetra Tech’s information technology work included the design of a network with a high-performance cabling system that supports an expansive communications network among physicians, labs, administrative offices, and various departments throughout the hospital. The network affords the hospital the ability to adapt to and deploy newer technologies as the need arises.

Tetra Tech’s security group designed integrated CCTV, access control monitoring systems, card access systems, and a security console as part of this project. The firm also helped the client identify, plan, design, and implement the technology systems required to ensure the personal safety of the patients and staff.

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