About Us: Laboratory Medicine Building (Under Construction)

Laboratory Medicine Building

The Building

  • Location: 327 East 64th Street
  • Size: 12,500 square feet (lot); 90,000 square feet (building)
  • Floors: 9 (6 above ground, 3 below ground)
  • Height: 75 feet
  • Architect: Perkins+Will
  • Construction: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
  • LEED Goal: Gold

In recent years, Memorial Sloan Kettering has expanded treatment services in order to serve more patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the surrounding metropolitan area. As patient volume has grown, so has our patients’ need for laboratory services — more than doubling in the past decade. As our clinical programs expand, this demand will only continue to increase.

To meet this demand, Memorial Sloan Kettering is building a state-of-the-art laboratory medicine facility on East 64th Street between First and Second Avenues. The new Laboratory Medicine Building will maximize operational efficiency, allowing the Laboratory Medicine team to provide test results faster and reduce the amount of blood needed from a patient to generate those results.

Laboratory services performed at the facility will include specialized testing in hematology/hemostasis, clinical chemistry, microbiology/ infectious disease, and flow cytometry (a technique used to examine microscopic particles such as cells and chromosomes). A full-service blood bank and stem cell therapy laboratory will be used to prepare blood and cell products for transfusion at the point of care. In addition, the new facility will support a training program for the next generation of laboratory medicine professionals.

As with all new Memorial Sloan Kettering construction, the design and materials will be chosen with sustainability in mind. External design features include rear-yard setbacks on floors 2 and 5, and rear- and front-yard setbacks on the sixth floor.

Construction Schedule

Demolition: Complete
Excavation/Foundation: 2014 – 2015
Structure: 2015
Interior: 2016
Target Occupancy Date: Mid-2017

Excavation to three floors below grade has begun at the site. To complete the rock excavation, necessary intermittent blasting activity will take place for three to four months, beginning in December 2014.

Construction work hours at the site are typically Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, in accordance with permits issued by the NYC Department of Buildings. Noise levels are kept within the limits of the NYC Noise Control Code, and are minimized as much as possible. Some Saturday and Sunday work will occur from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, also in accordance with permits issued by the NYC Department of Buildings.

Construction Alert

From Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, MSK’s construction manager, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, will be working at the site from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

This extended schedule is within the hours permitted by the NYC Department of Buildings of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM for construction activity at the site during these two weeks from Monday through Friday. 

As always, any changes to permitted hours of work at the project site will be communicated to area residents and posted on this webpage.

Contact Us

Community members may contact Memorial Sloan Kettering's Construction Information Line at 212-639-4444 or Community Affairs at communityaffairs@mskcc.org with questions or concerns.