NYC Health + Hospitals’ $114M Covid Centers of Excellence ready to open starting November – Crain’s New York Business

New York City Health and Hospitals has teamed up with the Department of Design and Construction on a $114 million project to create three Covid-19 Centers of Excellence.

The facilities will be at 1924 Webster Ave. in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx; 7117 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, Queens; and 815 Broadway, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Health and Hospitals has worked with the DDC, architect Perkins Eastman and construction manager Gilbane Building on the project, said Thomas Foley, DDC deputy commissioner for public buildings. Work began in the spring.

Construction on the 20,000-square-foot Bronx center was completed last month and cost $24 million, Foley said. The facility, on the first floor of a mixed-use building, is scheduled to open to patients early next month.

In Queens, the 29,000-square-foot center is on the second floor of a mixed-use building and cost $25 million, Foley said. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of next month, with patient visits beginning early next year.

The Brooklyn facility spans 52,000 square feet and five floors, with construction costs of $65 million, Foley said. Because of the need in the area, he said, the building will be opened in phases rather than waiting for the entire site to be ready. Floors one and five will be the first to open, starting next month.

Health and Hospitals owns none of the spaces. Foley said each site likely will be subject to a 30-year lease. A Health and Hospitals spokesman did not respond to a question about how much rent the health system will pay for the centers.

Foley said it was his understanding that, on a long-term basis, the centers will provide follow-up care, including mental health and other symptomatic treatment, for individuals who have recovered from Covid-19. The aftereffects of a Covid-19 infection could last for years, and the three centers will serve New Yorkers who survive a bout with the coronavirus, a Health and Hospitals spokesman said.​