Medical Center Expansion – 400 Broadway (Civic Center) 2018-04-05T15:29:14+00:00

Project Description

Medical Center Expansion – 400 Broadway (Civic Center)

Gut Rehab of existing occupied upper floors and new construction of lower floors to create new healthcare facility, pharmacy, and administration offices.

Client Profile
APICHA is a not-for-profit organization that enhances the quality of life by increasing access to comprehensive primary care, surgery, preventive health services, mental health, and supportive services in particular to the LGBTQ community.

MEP, Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, Structural Engineering
Architecture: Planning & layout design, Interior Design
Project Management: Construction Management and Special/Controlled Inspections
NYC Compliance: Zoning and Code Consulting + Filing with NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, DOB, Department of Health.
Firm was retained to convert building from a textile warehouse and ground-floor restaurant to a fully-functional medical facility and pharmacy spanning five (5) floors. In accomplishing this program, we:

  • Designed a layout to maximize space and occupancy of exam and treatment areas with administrative offices to create a self-supporting facility capable of simultaneously providing a variety of medical and mental health services.
  • Demand Reduction: Optimal building positioning and massing, the use of superinsulation, thermal-bridge avoidance, superior airtightness, and energy-recovery mechanical systems.
  • To minimize the overall budget, the firm made use of HVAC equipment left behind by previous tenant, we designed a new multi-zone space conditioning system that maintained negative pressure in examination room while positively pressurizing waiting rooms. Such a design helped to ensure that airborne contaminants are quickly removed and that public and waiting areas are always comfortable.
  • Performed Electrical and Gas load analysis to upgrade service for the new facility.
  • Converted an existing freight elevator to a passenger elevator with a streel-level stop, to meet ADA-compliance.
  • Designed a fire sprinkler and fire alarm system. In addition, we replaced older timber stairs typical to downtown buildings with steel stairs enclosed for fire safety.

In order to comply with Energy Codes, we obtained approval through NYC Landmarks to allow storefront improvements to the façade without community board review or public hearings.


Rendering of the newly created reception area

 APICHA expanded exam room.

Landmarked façade showing former Retail use