NY Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital

Healthcare Facility Engineering Systems

Syska Hennessy Group is an international leader in healthcare-specific design of the essential engineering systems—mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, life safety, lighting security, nurse call, audiovisual, IT—to enable healthcare providers to support their patients’ health and well-being.

We are experienced in the design of complex and leading-edge healthcare facilities, replacement hospitals, major expansions, smaller upgrades and renovation projects for acute-care facilities, ambulatory and specialty-care facilities, behavioral health facilities, research and advanced laboratories, vivarium, as well as medical office buildings. Our team of healthcare design professionals has worked in each and every department in a healthcare facility.

In the past five years, we have completed healthcare facilities across the U.S. totaling more than $4 billion in construction put-in-place. In 2015 alone, we provided facilities master planning and phased design for the construction of a new patient tower and new central utility plant on an active campus of the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; lead engineering services for Holy Cross Germantown Hospital’s new greenfield acute-care hospital in Germantown, Maryland, and the new patient tower at the Holy Cross Hospital Silver Springs campus; and the new emergency department and patient tower for Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. All these projects received various engineering excellence awards.

We have a proven track record of delivering design-bid-build, design-build, design-assist and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Lite-type projects. In addition, our partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, Turner Construction and Francis Cauffman architects resulted in the very first IPD healthcare project in New York City on the St. Luke’s Hospital campus.

High-Performance Solutions

We create resilient facilities with a focus on maintainability, lower operating costs and greater flexibility so that healthcare providers can repurpose their spaces and incorporate new technology as needed.

We go beyond the technical aspects of healthcare providers’ MEP needs by offering a variety of ideas, for instance:

  • Dedicated outdoor air with energy recovery and HEPA filtration to ensure an effective infection-control system.
  • Radiant heating and cooling in the larger spaces, like atriums, to minimize energy costs and maximize comfort.
  • Displacement ventilation to maximize comfort and minimize energy expenditures.
  • 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools on all major projects.
  • Resilient emergency-power systems to ensure critical functions.
  • Climate walls to minimize energy expenditures.

Modeling and Simulations

Syska provides energy simulation and daylighting studies to enable healthcare networks to pursue energy-efficient and sustainable solutions. Most recently, our sustainable design for a 575,000-sf hospital in New Jersey enabled the user to secure a large financial incentive from the local utility company that amounted to more than 2.5 percent of the project’s construction cost.




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Timothy Krawetz
Senior Principal

Office 212.921.2300

Harish Chopra
Associate Partner

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John Passanante
Executive Principal, Practices

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