PITTSTON — It’s only been open for three months, but Pittston’s new Geisinger Health System building is already impressing designers.
The building’s design was recently awarded a 2015 Honor Award for design from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a company that promotes art and science through architecture.
With nearly two dozen submissions for this design award, Pittston’s Geisinger building was one of four to receive the honor.
The 17,000-square-foot building, located at 42 N. Main St., opened on Sept. 10 after it was under construction since August 2014. The project cost $9.4 million.
The building was designed by Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture out of Wilkes-Barre.
Key features about the building include 25 examination rooms; a treatment room, where doctors can do procedures such as skin removal or administer IV fluids; and a 32-space garage for patients to park when visiting the building.
Chris Dawson, head of the AIA jury that made the votes for the awards, said they reviewed the submissions based on submitted photographs.
Dawson, a Pittston resident, graduated from Pittston Area High School in 1988. He said the city is now light years ahead of where it once was when he was growing up.
“I know Pittston and I know how down-and-out it was for a number of years,” he said. “For a project to get built of the caliber of the Geisinger project was remarkable. That was a big reason to acknowledge it with the design award.”