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Brooklyn Health Center

Francis Cauffman

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Project Name

Brooklyn Health Center


180,000 sq. feet


The New York Hotel Trades Council



  • James Crispino
  • Bin Weng
  • Kasia Zielonka
  • Catherine Gow
  • Amy Carter
  • Blake Sherwood


  • General Contractor: Skanska
  • Mechanical Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Civil Engineer: Langan Engineering
  • Lighting Designer: Jaros Baum & Bolles Engineers
  • Other: Lebowitz Gould Design
  • Other: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC

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Project Description

Known as 620 Fulton, the 180,000 SF, 12-story building is a new investment for The New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Health Benefits Fund, Health Center, Inc. (HCI). The project is located one block from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place.
The building serves as an integrator and a connector of the public spaces in and around the building. The basic form of the building is driven by a desire to link the existing BAM Park to the east with the Theatre for a New Audience Arts Plaza to the west. The project creates a new public plaza across from BAM Park, and then adds an extended plaza and streetscape to draw the public space around the building along Fulton Street to the Arts Plaza.

These urban moves are further reinforced through the dematerialization of the building wall. The building has a highly transparent curtain wall with a wave pattern of frit, applied to the inside surface of the glass, and projecting metal fins that render the position of the wall itself ambiguous with regard to the surrounding buildings. An artistic mural will be applied to the south wall.

Programmatically, the project is a hybrid that provides retail, restaurant, commercial office space and a health center all in one building. The 65,000 SF Health Center will incorporate state-of-the-art technology and a collaborative, team-based approach to care. To emphasize patient-centered care as the top priority, the health center will not have physician’s offices or waiting rooms; HCI predicts that 85% of patients will be treated in less than an hour. Members will arrive directly to their treatment spaces, having utilized on-line scheduling and registration programs that link their records and medical history with next step treatment programs. Multifunction spaces will host healthy living workshops and lifestyle classes for disease prevention and wellness.
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