Nuvance Health‘s new 752,610 square-foot patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, has been completed.  The project team included Walsh Construction and Consigli Construction as joint-venture partners, alongside architect CallisonRTKL. The $545 million medical Pavilion is Poughkeepsie’s largest single construction project in history and will transform healthcare in the Hudson Valley.

There are 290 private patient rooms, 30 critical care rooms, a 66-room emergency department, 12 surgical suites, and a 300-seat conference center in the new Pavilion. A loading dock, central plant expansion, interventional suite, café, helipad, and new inpatient lobby are also included in the addition.

Project owners initially planned the eight-story structure to be seven stories tall, but another level was added due to space constraints and a reevaluation of community requirements. Furthermore, the Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) campus will be categorized into four separate zones: inpatient, outpatient, service, and emergency. The establishment of these zones represents the project team’s dedication to operational efficiency, user experience, evidence-based design, and sustainability throughout the facility’s design.


Like the neighboring mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway over the Hudson River, the new Pavilion delivers a re-imagined and sustainable medical facility that will become a destination for world-class care and an enduring icon for the Hudson Valley area.

To better serve the surrounding community, the design of the Pavilion was centered on clarity, flexibility, and longevity – with a focus on creating a patient-centered, healing care environment.



To better serve the surrounding community, the design of the Pavilion was centered on clarity, flexibility, and longevity – with a focus on creating a patient-centered, healing care environment.


The Pavilion’s unique curving design was inspired by the aesthetic of the nearby Hudson River. The facility was planned and built to enhance patient care and comfort and provide unique environmental advantages. There are several sustainable design features throughout the Pavilion, and the Pavilion hopes to attain LEED certification. Sustainable features include:



  • Lower-level roofs are lined with varied flora to better assimilate the structure with the environment while retaining rainwater runoff
  • High-performance, dual-paneled glazing to lessen solar gain and low-reflectivity glass that will protect birds from collisions
  • Low-flow faucets and fixtures with auto-off controls save an estimated 20,000 gallons of water per day
  • LED lights, energy recovery, and efficient insulation will result in an estimated 20% reduction in energy demand
  • Underground garage with preferred parking spaces and charging station for hybrid and electric vehicles


Throughout development, the Walsh/Consigli joint venture experienced significant numbers, beginning with removing 100,000 cubic feet of rock and roughly 100 precisely coordinated blasts to prepare the Pavilion’s foundation and reroute utilities. It required careful planning, communication, and evaluation to blast through the rocky banks of the Hudson. The project team collaborated extensively with hospital staff to schedule the blasts without disturbing patient care.

Throughout the four-year project, the team oversaw the installation of:

  • approximately 3.45 million linear feet of cabling
  • 4 million pounds of ductwork
  • 200,000 square feet of metal panel façade
  • 775,500 linear feet of conduit
  • 13,000 light fixtures
  • 4,400 tons of steel
  • 30,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 103,000 square feet of glass

Vassar Brothers Medical Center launched the new emergency department and trauma center on January 9, followed by the supporting patient pavilion on January 11.


Our team specializes in delivering predictable outcomes in an ever-changing environment, from asset maintenance and refurbishment to brand new ground-up hospitals. With over 45 years of experience managing and overseeing capital projects for healthcare systems across the country, Abbott’s technical professionals have honed their knowledge and expertise surrounding the complexities and requirements of planning and delivering new and renovated facilities in this changing market.

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