New EMS Station 50 at Queens Hospital
LiRo provided construction management services for this new two-story 13,000 sf facility incorporating both ambulance corps facilities and administrative space for the EMS Division 4 Command. As the largest EMS facility in Queens, the building contains an apparatus floor accommodating several ambulances, a Major Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV) and a Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit (METU). Additional components include training facilities, blood borne pathogen decontamination areas, locker rooms, and break areas for the emergency responders.
The sloping project site was the former location of a NYC Medical Examiner building, and presented a number of challenges. Facing a residential area, and abutting both a retired multi-story Queens Hospital campus building and an active high school, the design was complicated by the presence of two underground utility tunnels linking the hospital with the campus power plant. Extensive protective measures, combined with unanticipated soil remediation, were required to successfully complete foundation and slab work.
To address the sloping site while also creating a link between the multi-story buildings and the low-profile residences, Dean/Wolfe Architects developed a double bar mass with conversely sloping roofs. The strong diagonals embody the programmatic need for action and rapid response. A 30 ft section of the second floor, supported by 165 ft long trusses, cantilevers over a driveway. The trusses, which were assembled on site, minimized the number of required columns and created a flexible open floorplan.