A major challenge of the project is coordinating the clinical requirements with the structural complexity that results from the site’s location, geometry and topography. With both a loading dock and ambulance dock underneath the building, fewer than half of the building’s columns bear directly on the ground. In addition, the third and fifth floors of the New Inpatient Building overhang the existing Emergency Department by 62 feet. Rigorous exploration of structural concepts, along with the careful design and placement of structural elements, ensures an appropriately sized and operationally efficient clinical layout, while remaining cost-efficient.
An expansive roof garden, raised 75’ above Pilgrim Road between the existing Rosenberg Building and the inpatient floors of the bed tower looks out to Frederick Law Olmsted’s famed Emerald Necklace of parks and greenways. Accessible to patients, families and staff, the garden includes a range of seating areas, walking paths and landscaped areas that offer varying levels of activity and privacy. The Emerald Necklace inspired the design of the building lobby and adjacent areas at the Francis Street gateway and the nearly continuous ribbon of landscape that surrounds the building.
Photography © Robert Benson Photography and © Jensen Ying