Boston Children's Hospital, Clinical Building

Boston, MA | 2020

The new Clinical Building - the largest in the history of Boston Children's Hospital - addresses critical capacity needs and creates a new cardiac center of excellence for the country's top-ranked pediatric hospital. The building on the Longwood Medical Area campus, with an 11-story tower and four floors below grade, is the largest in the hospital's history.

The Clinical Building addresses the hospital's continuing growth in domestic and international patient volume and its delivery of high-level tertiary and quaternary care, adding facility space to improve patient flow and enable operational efficiencies for acute care, critical care, diagnostic, and other ancillary services on the core campus. This includes the replacement of multiple occupancy patient rooms with single patient rooms and the creation of a Heart Center of Excellence. The design incorporates a variety of interior and exterior green spaces for young patients, families, and hospital staff throughout the building.

The complex structural and programmatic challenges of the Clinical Building demand a robust planning process. The extended project team is working through planning and design together in a dedicated "big room" space close to the site and using a shared BIM model. In July 2015, Boston Children's Hospital staff and the project team participated in a 40,000 square foot "cardboard city" simulation exercise in office space near the Longwood campus. The project is expected to break ground in 2016.

The hospital's relationship with Shepley Bulfinch dates back more than a century to the completion of the Hunnewell Building in 1914. Shepley Bulfinch prepared a Master Plan for Boston Children's Hospital in 2014, in partnership with FKP Architects.

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  • Square Footage: 595,000

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Anna Mancini
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