New Building Projects in Long Island

Offices, apartments, hotels planned or rising on Long Island

A brick building filled with windows, exterior moldings and awnings, the design is the vision of architect John Seifert.

The future uses are a far cry from the days when Garden City was known as "Long Island's Fifth Avenue. " Winthrop is using the space for physician's offices, physical therapy, sports medicine and health-education classes and seminars.

Healthtrax will offer gym services such as cardio, yoga, Pilates and personal training, as well as a pool.

Stony Brook Center of Excellence

in Wireless and Information Technology

Stony Brook

Size: 110,000 square feet

Cost: $50 million

Developer: Stony Brook University

Architect: Mitchell Giurgola

Wireless technology ties us together with an invisible thread, but now and then it requires a little brick and mortar.

Stony Brook University is plowing ahead with its Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. The school engaged in a major battle to get the property from Gyrodyne Co. of America, but eventually prevailed through eminent domain. In November 2006, SBU seized 245.5 acres of land known as Flowerfield from Gyrodyne to build its high-tech center, paying Gyrodyne $26 million (a lawsuit on the amount Gyrodyne was paid is pending).

The 100,000-square-foot center, complete with 22 laboratories, will focus on developing technology for homeland and computer security, wireless networks, wireless health care and sensor networks. Construction is slated to finish in 2008, and the university hopes that within a decade, the center will become a base for as many as 1,900 researchers and staff - and an economic engine unto itself, generating revenue and even jobs for Long Island.

Stony Brook University Hospital

Stony Brook

Size: 150,000 square feet

Cost: $300 million

Developer: Stony Brook University

Architect: Cannon Design

Stony Brook University Hospital opened in 1980, and is now in the middle of a massive revamp that entails more than 150,000 square feet of new space.

The hospital set the stage for the modernization with smaller projects in 2002, but only began the major hospital remake in April 2006.The total project is slated to cost $300 million, including $170 million for construction (the remainder is equipment and additional project fees).

Manhattan-based Cannon Design is the lead architect, with construction managed by Providence, R.I.-based Gilbane Building Co.

In addition to 154,000 square feet of new space, the revamp includes 48,000 square feet of renovations, all slated to be finished by June 2008. The second phase, to run from September 2008 through May of 2010, will include an additional 63,000 square feet of renovation.

The hospital is currently expanding its emergency department, operating rooms, entrance and women's and infants' center.

"The emergency department is undersized for the number of visits it receives every year," said Christopher Brennan, executive director of medical center facilities for Stony Brook, adding the hospital is tripling its ER space.

Stony Brook already built a new heart center, orthopedic unit, physical therapy treatment area and dining facility; it has already installed new landscaping, a new helipad and a new parking deck; it has already completed work on an in-house pharmacy and bone marrow transplant unit. In January, it opened a 65,000-square-foot center for outpatient services, bringing cancer services including the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center under one roof, along with various other medical, surgical and pediatric oncology services and a community resource center.

Suffolk County Civil Court


Size: 120,000 square feet

Cost: $35 million

Developer: Suffolk County

Architect: Baldassano Architecture

Suffolk County has been growing rapidly. So is its court house in Riverhead.

Ronkonkoma-based Baldassano Architecture designed a 120,000-square-foot addition to the existing court complex, being built by E.W. Howell. Construction started in 2004 and finished in 2006; renovation of the existing structure, built in 1929, is slated to end in August.

Philip Monastero, a principal at Baldassano, said the $35 million project is designed to create a new building that blends in well with the existing one.