Albany Medical Center | Constrained Space Operating Room Design

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Albany Medical Center | Constrained Space Operating Room Design

  • Project Size: 1,740-sf
  • Project Location: 43 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
  • Project Team: Albany Medical Center
  • Completion Date: April 2011
  • Construction Cost: $715,000
  • Owner Contact: Briggs Montero, Vice President of Facilities
  • Project Request:

    To plan and design the renovation for a two-room operating room suite to serve as temporary ORs. Albany Medical Center could not wait for a planned expansion to be completed.

  • Project Solution:

    With space constraints on all four sides and building columns within the suite footprint, accommodating all required medical and support functions into the suite was a major design challenge. Overhead structural components were another complication that required design of a stepped and coffered ceiling in one OR to accommodate surgical lights and the ceiling mounted equipment boom. While some design irregularities could be tolerated because the space was temporary, the ORs still had to meet code and function properly. Considerable time and thought went into designing every OR detail, especially light and diffuser locations, light, and boom arm travel paths, and personnel/equipment travel within the room.