Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Say Goodbye To Roosevelt Island's Goldwater Hospital, Last Building Demolished For Cornell Tech Campus - Say Hello To Future Jacobs Technion Cornell Institute

The last standing building of Roosevelt Island's Goldwater Hospital

April 7 Image Of Goldwater Hospital Demolition Site Future Home Of Cornell Tech

has been demolished.

Here's the rubble this morning from the last demolished Goldwater Hospital building

and a view of the construction site today.

An update from the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Construction Project Site. According to Cornell Tech:
April 3 - April 17 Look Ahead.

Demolition work continues on Building B, with structural demolition having recently begun. It is anticipated that within the coming two weeks, the last standing Goldwater building will be down on the ground.

Foundation removal of Building E is ongoing and will continue for the month of April. As the foundation is removed working north to south, the backfill operation will follow closely behind.

Barging operations will be in full swing the week of April 6th. It will take approximately three days to load all the mixed metals that are being removed from the site for recycling. Immediately following that operation will be a full barge of construction and demolition waste leaving the island.

Excavation operations are ongoing at the First Academic Building (FAB). As the demolition proceeds south, additional FAB footprint is uncovered to allow for excavation to continue. A limited number of concrete trucks will be used the week of April 6th to pour mud mats. Foundation work is expected to start the week of April 13th, which will include a larger number of concrete trucks.

Cornell’s work in the roadways is largely complete for the time being. Con Edison continues to work within and surrounding the site to remove electrical cables that are no longer in use. Their work is expected to continue for another 1-2 weeks.

Excavation and rock crushing operations continue in the Central Utility Plant (CUP) footprint, as well as the vault area to the immediate south.
The New York History Blog remembers Goldwater Hospital:
 Image From New York History Blog

The digging, crashing, smashing and clanging will echo over the East River for a couple more years, as Cornell Tech builds a new campus on Roosevelt Island where the Goldwater Hospital stood since 1939.

The patients, many confined to wheel-chairs, have been moved to Coler Hospital at the North End of Roosevelt Island, or to the renovated old North General Hospital in Harlem (now the Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility).

The Goldwater Hospital was a monument to the golden years of public health in New York City, designed in distinctive chevrons to offer light and air to all its patients. The rooms had terraces to allow patients direct access to fresh air, and each ward featured a solarium. The hospital had 2,700 windows....
Click here for full article remembering Goldwater Hospital.

The future use of the Roosevelt Island site is explained by Cornell Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher on a visit to the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell's partner in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

More on the demolition and construction of Cornell Tech campus at this previous post.

UPDATE 5:20 PM - Rosanne Ceruzzi shares these photos today and reports:
Goldwater Building B

Image From Rosanne Ceruzzi

is down and

Image From Rosanne Ceruzzi

you can see the Queensboro Bridge

Image From Rosanne Ceruzzi

completely from Southpoint Park.