(thesis advisor)Craig Bernecker
(thesis advisor)Paul Goldberger
(thesis advisor)Glenn Shrum
In an emergency, few facilities are as critical as hospitals. But as Hurricane Sandy made painfully clear a few years ago, hospitals and other health care facilities are just as vulnerable to the ravages of a storm as any building. During Hurricane Sandy, major medical institutions in New York City — such as Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University’s Langone Medical Center and Coney Island Hospital — had to be evacuated after multiple electrical and mechanical systems failed. Most major hospitals are located in Manhattan and having a subway and road system designed around being Manhattan centric, there is a critical flaw at providing post disaster relief. There is an acute need for trauma care and providing emergency medical aid post-disaster. Additionally, the ease of accessibility to healthcare in the aftermath of a natural disaster is also critical. Addressing post disaster emergency relief in the outer boroughs and one that is located away from the predicted 100-year flood plains seems to be a potent solution to resilient healthcare infrastructure. This facility could be used to specifically address issue related to trauma and emergency services in the aftermath of a natural disaster or calamity.
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