Construction Update: Koch Center for Cancer Care

Facade installation is nearing completion at the Koch Center for Cancer Care, which will feature two science and medical facilities sharing a single site on the Upper East Side waterfront. Memorial Sloan Kettering will offer outpatient treatment programs with its 750,000-square-feet cancer care facility. CUNY-Hunter College will house academic science and nursing facilities in their 336,000-square-foot Science and Health Professions building.

The building massing breaks down what would be a dense extruded volume into a series of smaller, interconnected chunks. Voids in the overall massing allow for outdoor terraces.

The facade features terra cotta and glass panels of varying sizes that create a vertically oriented pattern. Vertical terra cotta fins of varying depths also contribute to the pattern while offering shade and mitigating the effects of solar heat gain and glare.

Architect: Ennead Architects with Perkins Eastman; Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti; MEP Engineer: Jaros Baum & Bolles; Curtainwall Consultant: Entek Engineering, LLC, Heintges & Associates; Client: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, CUNY-Hunter College; Program: Outpatient Cancer Care and Research; Location: Upper East Side, New York, NY; Completion: 2019.