The 2017 Healthcare Construction Report

The Cure

Building off the success of Commercial Observer’s past healthcare conferences, this event will explore issues currently shaping the national and regional healthcare construction markets.


Jeffrey Brand
Principal & National Healthcare Leader
Perkins Eastman
Joseph Chin
Senior Vice President
LF Driscoll Healthcare
Steven Corwin, MD
President & CEO
Patrick Greene
Peckar & Abramson P.C.
Suzen Heeley
Executive Director, Design+Construction
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Joseph Ienuso
Group Senior Vice President
Facilities and Real Estate, NewYork-Presbyterian
Steven Jureller
President & CEO
Cauldwell Wingate
Richard Lanzarone
Healthcare Project Executive
Turner Construction Company
Kevin Mannle
Vice President of Facilities
Nuhealth (Nassau University Medical Center & A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility)
Peter Mulcahey
Vice President
Gilbane Building Company
Lauren Noonan
Project Manager
Mount Sinai Health System
Carl Oliveri
Partner & Construction Practice Leader
Grassi & Co.
John Pierce
Senior Vice President and Head of Design & Construction
Rockefeller Group
Christopher Prochner
Paul Schwabacher
Senior Vice President, Facilities Management
NYU Langone Medical Center
Shawn Seaman
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Roslyn Weinstein
Vice President of Operations, Facility and Emergency Management
NYC Health + Hospitals
Michael Zetlin
Senior Partner
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP


scheduleTuesday, September 19, 2017
The CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

The Cure

Building off the success of Commercial Observer’s past healthcare conferences, this event will explore issues currently shaping the national and regional healthcare construction markets.


As new healthcare policies and innovations are implemented, demand for new healthcare facilities and upgrades is growing. Further, an aging U.S. population, new technologies, rising demand for single occupancy rooms and increased healthcare consumerism are more and more shaping decisions about new hospital locations, design and functionality. Speakers from the healthcare construction industry will discuss the effects of these trends, and the uncertainty that financial concerns and government policy changes bring. We’ll also examine new opportunities for contractors and subcontractors, as well as design and engineering firms, and the effects of shifting medical policies and practices on the design and construction industry.

8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:10 AM Opening Remarks
9:15 AM Keynote Address
9:30 AM Panel #1
10:15 AM Panel #2
11:00 AM Networking Break
11:20 AM Panel #3
12:05 PM Closing Remarks

Cauldwell Wingate - Platinum Sponsor

Cauldwell Wingate is one of the oldest construction companies in New York City. We are client-service oriented, experienced and have both the technical expertise and know-how to build high quality and complex construction projects.

We provide pre-construction, construction management, and general contracting services for new buildings, renovations, infrastructure upgrades, and interior fit-outs. We build across a broad range of markets, including high-rise residential, workplace and high-end corporate interiors, healthcare, education, cultural institutions, government, and historic preservation. Building in New York since 1910 — from one of the nation’s leading art museums, The Frick Collection, to Brooklyn’s iconic Central Library, and Saks Fifth Avenue’s grand flagship store — Cauldwell Wingate has built many of New York’s landmarks.

Cauldwell Wingate continues to build an enduring legacy. In recent years:

  • We built Brooklyn’s tallest tower, 388 Bridge Street.
  • We collaborated with our client, LearningSpring School, and a forward-thinking design team, to build the first school in New York State to achieve LEED® for Schools Gold Certification.
  • Our restoration of the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse won The New York Landmarks Conservancy Chairman’s Award.
  • We partnered with Montefiore Medical Center to build their new Hutchinson Campus Ambulatory Care Center in the Bronx, a “hospital without beds,” and one of the New York metropolitan region’s largest ambulatory care centers.

Gilbane - Platinum Sponsor

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services, from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities, through to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services. Since 1949, Gilbane has been delivering construction services in New York for clients across various market sectors including commercial office, multi-unit and high rise residential, cultural, higher education, healthcare, public sector, mission critical, interiors and science and technology.

Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. As a sixth generation family-owned business we’ve built the best team in the industry with a culture of caring that treats every one of our employees as a trusted member of the Gilbane family. Building upon the success and proven track record of more than 140 years of experience, Gilbane is recognized as an industry leader that delivers innovative building solutions; from state-of-the-art sustainable buildings to the latest applications in construction methods and technology.

Our 2,600+ multidisciplinary professionals across the world are capable of executing multiple, geographically dispersed projects, performing over 500 concurrent projects; each adhering to Gilbane’s commitment to safety and quality with a determined effort to exceed our clients’ expectations. Gilbane’s local offices combine the benefits of full-service operations capabilities, including in-house estimating, value engineering, scheduling, procurement, accounting and construction operations with the knowledge and experience that only a local presence can provide.

Grassi & Co. - Platinum Sponsor

Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B) - Platinum Sponsor

JB&B has positioned itself at the forefront of our industry by relying on a set of core values and proven principles that have informed and guided our work for over one hundred years. It’s no coincidence that, while these values and principles acknowledge the central importance of solid yet innovative engineering, their real focus is on people—the client, the engineer, the community—and it’s our unwavering commitment not only to these ideals but to the human relationships implied by them that has been the true key to our success.

LF Driscoll - Platinum Sponsor

The Structure Tone family of companies—Structure Tone, LF Driscoll, Structure Tone Southwest, Pavarini Construction Co. and Pavarini McGovern—provides a complete range of services, from site selection analysis to design constructability review, from corporate interior fit-outs to new construction, from aesthetic enhancements to building infrastructure upgrades.

Although we’re at the leading edge of construction management, our fundamental mission to solve our clients’ challenges is constant. We are proud that 80 percent of our projects annually originate from existing clients—global corporations, world-class healthcare and educational institutions, those requiring mission critical data centers, retailers, hoteliers and residential developers.

Unlike any other global construction management company, we are purpose-built to be scalable—we’re as dedicated to a $50,000 project as we are to a $100 million, large-scale greenfield development. We are dedicated to our clients’ long-term needs.

We deliver projects on time and budget. Our lean construction process uses virtual tools to reduce project costs and schedules, improve speed-to-market, and keep us fully adaptable throughout the entire process. We invested in processes, systems, compliance and technology to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of accountability and transparency. We build facilities with greater resilience and the flexibility to add capabilities and new technology so that existing facilities can be more effectively repurposed in the future.

Through our commitment to our core values of excellence, integrity, passion, safety and client collaboration, we partner with our clients to imagine, execute and realize their vision.

Peckar & Abramson - Platinum Sponsor

Long known for leadership and innovation in construction law, Peckar & Abramson’s Results FirstSM approach encompasses a broad array of legal services — delivered with a commitment to efficiency, value and client service since 1978.

With more than 100 attorneys in eleven U.S. offices, and affiliations around the globe, Peckar & Abramson is the largest construction law firm in the United States. Our capabilities extend farther and deeper than ever before, here in the U.S. and across the globe. Our clients include the most recognizable names in the industry, from the largest international and U.S. based contractors to those handling smaller discrete projects.

Our courtroom and dispute resolution experience, coupled with our ability to provide genuinely insightful legal advice and commercial representation, help our wide range of clients maximize opportunities, meet challenges, solve problems, and manage risk.

Peckar & Abramson’s capabilities have expanded over the years to that of a true full-service law firm, but our commitment to the construction industry has never wavered. True to our construction roots, we remain the “go to” law firm for many of the industry’s most successful contractors, professionals, and associations. Our rich construction industry history, uniquely blended with the depth and talent to provide a full range of legal services, yields the ability to meet our clients’ needs regardless of size, scope or geographic location.

Rockefeller Group - Platinum Sponsor

Rockefeller Group is a leading real estate developer, owner and investor, known since the development of Rockefeller Center for pioneering large-scale urban mixed-use development. For nearly nine decades the company has been trusted for its financial strength, stability and vision, and today remains committed to the selective acquisition, management and development of innovative, high-quality office, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties in urban centers and strategic distribution markets. The company combines the global perspective and market access of a sophisticated development and investment management platform, through its partnership with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., and its strategic investments in independent property fund platforms in the United States and Europe. Visit

Suffolk Construction - Platinum Sponsor

At Suffolk, we are committed to changing the way construction has always been done. Our vision is to “transform the construction experience by building smart” because we believe there is a better way. Founded in 1982, Suffolk has been in business for over 34 years and has grown to become one of the most successful privately held construction firms in the country. We are a financially stable, national player with $3 billion in revenue, a single project bonding capacity in excess of $450 million, and an aggregate capacity in excess of $3 billion.

Suffolk has had a presence in the greater New York City market for more than five years and has recently become the “contractor to watch” due to our recently expanded operations in Midtown Manhattan. National developers who have partnered with Suffolk have asked us to manage their New York City construction projects because they have experienced our “build smart” approach for themselves and were thrilled with the results.

Our proven Build Smart approach leverages the most innovative technologies and processes, including VDC, Lean construction principles, collaboration tools, and creative approaches to project safety. Our unique approach to building has been proven to boost predictability, accelerate schedules, eliminate costs and minimize waste. Through our collaborative build smart approach we work side by side with our trade partners to get full commitments from them to consistently meet and often accelerate project schedules. Our clients understand the value of Suffolk’s Build Smart approach and appreciate the predictable and collaborative experience we provide during the planning and construction phases of our projects, which is why Suffolk has become their contractor of choice for projects throughout the entire country, including in New York.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP - Platinum Sponsor

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, a leading construction law firm, provides sophisticated legal counsel and business advice to real estate owners and developers as well as architecture and engineering firms in the New York Metropolitan area and around the country. Many of its attorneys have direct experience with construction and design issues through their work as in-house construction counsel, education and training as architects and engineers, and by earning LEED accreditation. The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design, and construction process — from drafting and negotiating contracts to advising on risk management strategies. Zetlin & De Chiara represents clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and also advises on business formation, licensing and corporate issues.

The Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York - Gold Sponsor

The Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York - CCA Metro - is the leading voice on issues affecting the joint interests of 25,000 carpenters in all crafts represented by the nine local unions of the New York City District Council of Carpenters and more than 1,000 contractors that employ these carpenters under collective bargaining agreements.

CCA Metro utilizes research and engagement with industry and community stakeholders to promote the dependable quality and safety that’s delivered by trained, skilled and experienced union carpenters and contractors. Together, we build the best projects in New York with the highest commitment to local and diverse opportunity

Lendlease - Gold Sponsor

Lendlease is one of the premier providers of healthcare construction services in the New York metropolitan area. Adept at new construction as well as expanding, renovating and modernizing occupied facilities, our dedicated healthcare construction professionals are committed to safety, cost control, quality, innovation and sustainability. We pay careful attention to the industry’s changing regulations and legislation and are fully versed in the most advanced American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Guidelines and Infection Control and Interim Life Safety Measures.

Perkins Eastman - Gold Sponsor

Perkins Eastman is among the top design and architecture firms in the world. With 1,000 employees in 15 locations around the globe, Perkins Eastman practices at every scale of the built environment. From niche buildings to complex projects that enrich whole communities, the firm’s portfolio reflects a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the quality of the human experience. The firm’s portfolio includes high-end residential, commercial, hotels, retail, office buildings, and corporate interiors, to schools, hospitals, museums, senior living, and public sector facilities. Perkins Eastman provides award-winning design through its offices in The Americas, Middle East, and Asia.