Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Mineola Village Superintendent of Buildings Dan Whalen recently met with contractors, engineers and hospital reps concerning the $80 million Winthrop University Hospital construction project. He said the meeting detailed the placement of crane operations when the bulk of the project gets underway.
According to Whalen, street closures will be implemented, with most eight to 12 hour work days occurring on Saturdays, avoiding Sundays over the next 18 months. Winthrop did not return calls for comment.
“We want to stay away [from Sundays],” he said. “I think it’s their intent to get this together as soon as possible. We have to get the [cranes] in first, then get [other] pieces that will do some of the erecting and [the cranes]. It’ll actually be on Mineola Boulevard for a period of time and Third [Street] as well.”
The proposed four-story, .893 acre facility would house research development into obesity and diabetes as well as cardiovascular pulmonary related issues, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) disease among others, according to village officials. Hospital officials said previously the primary focus of the facility would be obesity and diabetes, two major issues in the state and the nation.
project was awarded a $1 million grant by the Regional Economic Development Council to support the construction after the ground breaking. “We are extremely pleased to receive this award,” John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital said at the ground breaking ceremony in January. “It will help truly important research on a variety of major health issues, and also help us further our mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to the communities we serve.”
The building would total 94,000 square feet, village officials said. Approximately 80,000 square feet has been allocated with 14,000 square feet yet to be determined. Winthrop reps presented the plan in July 2011 and were approved two months later.
Street closures will be temporary, according to Mayor Scott Strauss. Whalen said traffic delays should recede by the evening hours.
“I’ll be speaking about that with them,” Whalen stated. “They’re moving along quite rapidly and all is well from [Winthrop’s] perspective.”
The facility would be built where the hospital’s outreach center once stood. The former poison control center and additional offices associated with the hospital as well as the former La Cisterna restaurant were demolished.
The outreach center will be absorbed into the new facility, where programs could be held. Hospital representatives estimated a construction completion two years after breaking ground.