Hospital officials, community leaders and elected officials gathered for the topping off of the new building at Mount Sinai Queens located at 25-10 30 Ave. in Astoria.
The ceremony, held on Aug. 21, marks the completion of the steel construction phase of the $125 million expansion and modernization project.
“It is fitting that today, we are creating a new chapter in Mount Sinai’s history right here in Queens,” President of the Mount Sinai Health System Kenneth L. Davis said. “This area, where the hospital stands today, has been a healing ground and has provided healthcare services to the community for over 120 years.”
In addition to topping off the new building, hospital officials also announced a major donation from George S. Kaufman of Kaufman Astoria Studios.
“Kaufman Astoria Studios has long been a community neighbor since 1980,” Kaufman said in a written statement. “When you are a member of a community, you help your neighbors. We are thrilled to support Mount Sinai and look forward to helping provide better healthcare for the people of Western Queens and throughout the borough.”
Because of their donation, the entrance area to the new Ambulatory Care Pavilion will be named after the studio.
“Kaufman Astoria Studios has long played an integral part in the creative and economic vibrancy of our city and Mr. Kaufman’s generous gift helps ensure that Mount Sinai Queens can continue to play a major role in improving the health and quality of life for the residents of Queens,” Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, said.
The addition to Mount Sinai Queens, which began being built last year, will feature a new, five-story building, with infrastructure in place to allow for a sixth floor, as needed, along with an enlarged emergency department, new operating suites and multispecialty outpatient care, as well as advanced imaging and laboratory services.
In addition, the new building will have new boilers, chillers and emergency generators that will service the entire campus. New windows will be installed in the existing facility and central air conditioning will be provided to all patient rooms.
The project is slated for completion in 2016.
The Kaufman Astoria Studios entrance will feature high ceilings and natural light from a glass-paneled facade.
“Mount Sinai Queens is transforming and leading healthcare in the 21st century and our new building represents the model hospital for the future of medicine,” David Reich, president of Mount Sinai Hospital, said. “We are seeing the gold standard rise here before our eyes, and it is fantastic to see.”
After speeches were made, attendees were invited to sign the last structural steel beam before it was hoisted into place and secured atop the building’s frame.