Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca

Ithaca, NY

3,300 GSF

LEED Silver certified

LEED Silver certified, Support

Part of a larger phased project, the new pharmacy for Cayuga Medical Center involves 3,300 SF of renovations to relocate the pharmacy closer to the patient units.

This increases interactions between physicians and the pharmacist. Employing regulations of the current USP 797 as well as proposed changes to the regulation, the design incorporates best practices such as proper levels of lighting in the picking area to reduce errors. The plan clearly addresses issues including the flow of material through the pharmacy from vendor delivery through patient distribution.


HOLT participated in numerous discussions with the users to understand the specific needs of the contemporary pharmacy prior to determining the layout. The existing pharmacy had been located in a windowless space, and one goal was to provide the new pharmacy with an open feeling, bringing natural light-available on only one side of the renovation area-into the spaces beyond those adjacent to windows. This was achieved through the use of significant amounts of glass in walls extending from counter/desk height to ceiling.


The resulting design provides a central open picking area near the order entry area and pneumatic tube surrounded by resource and work rooms, office, break room, vault, and ISO clean rooms for IV Prep as well as prep areas for chemotherapy drugs.


Construction was within the existing hospital and located close to surgery as well as the cardiac catheterization lab and proper protocols were established and maintained throughout the project. HOLT worked closely with the medical center's infection control team to create and implement the infection control risk assessment.


For more information about this project contact Paul A. Levesque II, AIA, LEED AP:

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