WNYT: Albany Medical Center breaks ground on new Latham campus

September 19, 2017 12:29 PM

LATHAM – It’s a familiar piece of ground to many Capital Region residents — and it’s being put to a new use.

The former Michael’s Banquet House in Latham is about to become a medical clinic. Albany Medical Center, Columbia Development and other officials gathered on Tuesday to explain the plans and show some artist renderings of the 30,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Read more here.

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Unveiling of New Medical Building in Town of Schodack

Community Care Physicians, P.C. and Columbia Development Companies showcase 20,000 square-foot Patient Centered Medical Home

Castleton—On Friday February 3rd at 10:00am, representatives from Columbia Development Companies and Community Care Physicians, P.C. unveiled the new 20,000 square-foot, 4 acre medical building located at 35 Empire State Boulevard, Castleton. The new $5 million facility, built by BBL Medical Facilities and designed by HCP Architects, is home to Community Care Physicians’ practice, Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

The planning for this building coincided with the medical practice’s transformation into one of the area’s first nationally recognized patient centered medical homes. “When we started talking about building a new office about five years ago, we had not initially intended to create a building that would be first of its kind in the Capital District,” said Rommel Tolentino, MD, the physician manager of Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. “We found ourselves with this great opportunity to integrate the concepts of the patient centered medical home into our new space.”

This building leverages technology for better patient care and allows for open workspaces and improved collaboration. The office uses a novel onstage/offstage arrangement so clinical work areas are close to the exam rooms without being readily visible to the patient. There are shared nursing stations and care management rooms for staff to work together more efficiently as a team. The electronic health record system, which is shared among all Community Care Physicians’ offices, also integrates with a new patient tracking board to better serve patients and improve workflow. The waiting room has an iPad station for patients to use and there is an on-site fitness center exclusively for staff of Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

“The positive reaction to this project from the Town and public and the growth of CCP speaks to the need for this facility here in Schodack and in Southern Rensselaer County,” said Rich Rosen, Vice President of Columbia Development Companies. “Patients can now find outstanding care here, in a new, modern, efficient facility and we’re proud to be a part of that accomplishment.”

Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics has been part of the community for more than 30 years. They are a team of pediatricians, dual trained internists/pediatricians, and physician extenders that care for patients of all ages. New patients are welcome and most major insurances are accepted.

About Community Care Physicians, P.C.
Community Care Physicians, P.C. (CCP) is the largest independent multispecialty medical group in the Capital Region, with over 45 practices in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Montgomery counties. For over 30 years, this physician-owned, physician-run organization has been dedicated to the delivery of high quality, accessible, and convenient patient care for all ages using innovative technologies. CCP employs more 1200 employees, including more than 600 healthcare professionals, who render health care services across over 20 primary care and specialty care specialties. Services include internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, OB/GYN, urgent care, medical imaging, general surgery, vascular surgery, urology, hematology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, pediatric neurology, plastic surgery, audiology, dermatology, podiatry, physical therapy, bariatric medicine, occupational medicine, sports medicine, diabetes education, wellness, and telemedicine services. Community Care Physicians has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Albany Times Union for five consecutive years, a “Great Place to Work” by the Albany Business Review seven times, and a national Top Workplace, ranking #55 nationwide. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and online at

Albany Business Review: Albany Med has plans for former Michael’s Banquet House in Latham

Albany Medical Center wants to demolish the former Michael’s Banquet House in Latham, New York, and build a one-story, 30,000-square-foot medical office building with an urgent care and physician offices.

The $8.8 million development, if approved by the town of Colonie, would be the latest expansion of the hospital’s EmUrgentCare walk-in practices.

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AIA Rochester 2016 Design Awards

Columbia Development is pleased to announce that the Renaissance Albany was recently awarded the 2016 Design Award by AIA Rochester. The awards ceremony took place June 16 at Legacy Tower in Downtown Rochester. The Design Excellence Awards are to encourage excellence in architectural design, to make the public more aware of the potential of the human-made environment and to honor the architect, owner and builder of significant projects. 

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Albany Business Review: How Albany BID’s executive committee plans to spur downtown growth

Richard Rosen, Columbia Development Cos. vice president and partner, said he isn’t old enough to remember a time when State Street in Albany, New York, had a bustling social scene.

Now, though, he sees that aspect of the mile-long road coming back, in part because of the work of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District.

Richard Rosen, Columbia Development Cos. vice president and partner, is the new chairperson of the Downtown Albany BID.
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Albany Business Reviews: Preservation awards piling up for Renaissance Albany Hotel

If you buy a decaying urban building in upstate New York and spend more than $48 million renovating it into a contemporary luxury hotel with whimsical nods to local history, you are sure to draw the attention of preservationists.

That’s what happened at Renaissance Albany, a 203-room Marriott hotel across the street from the Capitol in Albany.

Three awards have now been given to Columbia Development Cos. for the conversion of what was originally the Dewitt Clinton, a once-prominent hotel that fell on hard times and became low-income senior housing before closing and sitting empty for several years.

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readMedia: Renaissance Albany to be Honored

ALBANY, NY (04/12/2016)(readMedia)– The Preservation League of New York State has selected the Renaissance Albany Hotel (at the historic DeWitt Clinton Hotel Building) to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The League’s statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.

Read more here.