Gilbane Building Company, The S/L/A/M Collaborative and Western Connecticut Health Network Celebrate Danbury Hospital Ribbon Cutting

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New 316,000 Square Foot, $150 Million Patient Pavilion is the Largest Expansion in Hospital History

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Enhancing patient care and the overall patient experience was at the cornerstone of this project,” said John Hawley, Gilbane VP. “This state of the art facility for Danbury Hospital will serve as a model for the next generation of healthcare.

On Friday night, June 20, 2014, officials from the Western Connecticut Health Network, Gilbane Building Company and The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. (SLAM) came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new 300,000 square foot Peter and Carmen Lúcia Buck Pavilion at Danbury Hospital, a regional medical center and university teaching hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. The state-of-the-art building is named for Dr. Peter Buck and his late wife.

The largest expansion in the hospital’s history, Gilbane Building Company provided Construction Management Services and SLAM completed the design for Danbury Hospital’s new patient tower.

“Enhancing patient care and the overall patient experience was at the cornerstone of this project,” said John Hawley, Gilbane vice president. “This state of the art facility for Danbury Hospital will serve as a model for the next generation of healthcare.”

“We have recognized that healthcare takes place at levels beyond patient medical needs; it’s become as much about making the process easier, more accommodating and less stressful,” said Steven W. Ansel, AIA, ACHA, SLAM principal. “As patients and families are educated about their options for choice, the ability to shop for care, the competition for market share becomes increasingly important as does providing the optimal experience.”

Upon arrival at Danbury Hospital, patients and visitors will be welcomed by a beautifully landscaped main entry featuring an Oasis garden and an inviting lobby space accessible to nearby parking and the hospital’s enlarged parking garage. The new 11-story North Tower connects to the existing hospital and includes, a 30-bed intensive care unit/critical care unit, a 45,000 square foot state-of-the-art Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department and three 35-bed medical/surgical floors - one about to be active and two shelled for future use. Throughout the hospital, all patient rooms have been converted to single-bed, private rooms to enhance both patient care and the patient experience. Family space is offered on each floor, including comfortable waiting areas and private space to consult with physicians and hospital staff.

The project was constructed utilizing U.S. Green Building Standards and is targeting LEED Gold Certification.

For additional details on the new pavilion and Western Connecticut Health Network visit

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. A builder in Connecticut since 1944, Gilbane has grown to become one of the largest providers of construction management services in Connecticut, serving both the public and private sectors. The Company maintains a district office in Glastonbury from which it has managed over $2 billion in construction over the past decade. For more information, visit

About The S/L/A/M Collaborative
SLAM is a 150 person firm with offices in Glastonbury, CT; Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA; and, Syracuse, NY. A fully-integrated, multi-disciplinary firm, SLAM offers architecture, planning, interior design, landscape and site planning, structural engineering, and construction services ̶ and is qualified to take responsibility for building projects from design through construction. In addition to the new Danbury Hospital Tower, recent healthcare projects include multiple projects for Greenwich Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health system, UMass Memorial Health Care’s Marlborough and Clinton Hospitals, and the new Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook, CT. For more information on the SLAM, visit

Photo courtesy of The S/L/A/M Collaborative

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