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Winthrop-University Hospital Holds Topping Out Ceremony to Commemorate Structural Completion of $80 Million, 95,000 Square Foot Research and Academic Center - Archived
September 10, 2013

Topping Out Ceremony

John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, addresses the crowd at the September 9th Topping Out Ceremony for Winthrop’s  new Research and Academic Center.

Topping Out Ceremony

Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop-University Hospital, proudly signs his name to the final structural beam for Winthrop’s new Research & Academic Center at a special Topping Out Ceremony held on September 9.

Topping Out Ceremony

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams addresses the crowd at Winthrop’s Topping Out Ceremony for the new Research & Academic Center.

Topping Out Ceremony

Ironworkers from Local No. 361 secure the final structural beam for Winthrop’s new Research & Academic Center into place.

Members of Winthrop’s Senior Administration, Board of Directors, donors, elected officials, ironworkers from Local No. 361 and operating engineers from Local No. 138 gathered on September 9 to mark a major milestone in Winthrop’s history at a Topping Out Ceremony that commemorated the placement of the final structural beam of the Hospital’s new $80 million dollar, 95,000 square foot Research and Academic Center. All those present had an opportunity to sign the beam before it was hoisted into position high above the street.

The facility, which was designed by Perkins Eastman and is being constructed by Lend Lease at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola, will not only further Winthrop’s mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to Long Island but will enhance the economic vitality of the entire region.

“The new Research and Academic Center will become an epicenter of wellness care, research and medical study for Nassau County and the region as Winthrop takes on the tough job of confronting how personal habits, nutrition, and the destructive forces of obesity are threatening our future and driving up the costs of healthcare,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital.

The new Research and Academic Center will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. The facility will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, as part of its role as a Clinical campus of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Space will be devoted to classrooms for students, medical training facilities, and a simulation lab which utilizes lifelike robotic mannequins to aid in the training of clinicians. It will also include a 350-seat amphitheater that will function as both a lecture hall for students and a venue for larger community education events sponsored by the hospital.

“Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center embodies our strategic vision to be a major academic medical center on Long Island, one which fully integrates teaching and medical research with clinical care,” added Mr. Collins. “This focus, combined with an academic teaching environment that fosters collaboration among clinicians and researchers, will prepare the doctors of tomorrow to share in the development of leading edge medical and scientific discoveries that can provide potentially life-saving solutions for patients and improve the health of the communities we serve.”

The investment by Winthrop and by New York State underscores the growing importance of healthcare as a driver of jobs and technological advancement. Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center will prove to be the engine that drives the re-creation of Mineola as the heart of Nassau County. In addition to the project receiving generous support by a number of individuals, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Research and Academic Center was awarded $1 million through Governor Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) in 2012.

“New York’s educational institutions and healthcare centers, like Winthrop-University Hospital, are crucial economic drivers. This project is a first-class job creator that will help support healthy communities and a healthy economy on Long Island,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we are seeing innovative public-private partnerships spur economic growth while building a strong foundation for our economic future.”

“At a time when other hospitals are looking to cut back on their programs and services, Winthrop is seeking to expand,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “With their new research and academic facility focusing on diabetes and obesity, which are the biggest health challenge in the 21st century, Winthrop is seeking to meet this challenge head-on.  This state-of-the-art facility will prepare the doctors of tomorrow with the tools they need to meet the health challenges ahead, and strengthens Winthrop’s mission as a community and academic facility."

Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center is already proving an economic engine in Mineola: a nearby, new high-end apartment building has replaced vacant law offices; a technology incubation company has opened its doors to new high tech pioneers; and new shops and restaurants are locating along Mineola Boulevard to accommodate the new growth and activity that the Center is generating.

“It’s a great day for Mineola and for Winthrop-University Hospital,” said Senator Jack Martins. “At a time when diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions, this new state-of-the-art research facility will help lead the battle against them while training the next generation of physicians. Thanks to Winthrop for this great facility and the hundreds of construction and post construction research jobs it brings to our community.”

The completion of the Winthrop Research & Academic Center is scheduled for 2015. It is expected to generate approximately 500 construction trade-related jobs over the projected 24 month duration. At the outset, an additional 45 permanent positions will be added.

“We’re very excited to celebrate the topping out of this highly anticipated project,” said Joseph Maraia, Lend Lease Principal in charge of Healthcare. “I want to take the time to thank Winthrop-University Hospital, Dewberry, Group PMx, Perkins Eastman, Br+A, Bowen,  and our Lend Lease project team for reaching this important project milestone. I look forward to the successful completion of this project with this highly dedicated group of individuals.”

Lend Lease is responsible for managing the construction of the clinical research building, which includes 35,000 square foot below-grade parking.  The new Research and Academic Center will include sustainable design features such as a green roof and water retention and treatment system.  This New York Healthcare Division has successfully completed over 300 projects with a constructed value in excess of $3.7 billion throughout New York greater metropolitan area.

Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Winthrop is Long Island's first voluntary hospital. It is a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. Winthrop successfully blends the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of the organization. The Hospital’s long-standing academic mission was strengthened in 2011 when Winthrop became a Clinical Campus of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, educating 80 third and fourth-year medical students each year, making Winthrop the only Long Island hospital training students under this model.

For more information about Winthrop’s new Research & Academic Center or ways to donate, please visit or call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Contact: Ed Keating, Vice President 
Leanna Cherry, Public Relations Manager 
(516) 663-2234