Boston Children’s Hospital Hale Family Clinical Building


Award of Merit

Submitted By: Suffolk Construction

Owner: The Children’s Hospital Corp.

Lead Design Firm: Shepley Bulfinch

General Contractor: Suffolk Construction

Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia Inc.

MEP Engineer: Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC

Plumbing/Fire Protection Engineer: R.W. Sullivan Engineering

Landscape Architect: Mikyoung Kim Design

Subcontractors: Cives Corp.; American Plumbing & Heating; Century Drywall; Painting & Fire Proofing; Edward G. Sawyer Co.; J.C. Cannistraro LLC; J.C. Higgins; McCusker-Gill Inc.; Carlysle Engineering Inc.; Cheviot Corp.; ENE Systems

The project involved construction of an 11-floor, 565,000-sq-ft pediatric care facility that is one of the world’s most advanced of its type.

The building includes a five-floor heart center, a neonatal intensive care unit, single inpatient rooms and larger spaces for pharmacy, sterile processing and pathology units. Info-sharing hubs and an open-floor concept clinical lab were designed to enhance clinician cooperation. Features include an enhanced interventional radiology suite, new hybrid operating rooms and a surgical theater with a transportable MRI scanner on a ceiling-mounted rail system to move between two operating rooms.

The building also includes four below grade floors, a two-story mechanical penthouse on the roof and a mechanical systems floor at the base and in a double-story section in the middle of the building.

In addition to the new pediatric care building’s varied medical functions and mechanical systems, the new center also includes 25% more green space, both inside and outdoors.

Close coordination was needed with the hospital to ensure the safety of patients and staff, with construction taking place within inches of an active hospital.

The construction team also closely adhered to hospital risk control rules, setting up containment zones and negative air systems to prevent pathogens from entering patient care areas.

The approximately five-year project was completed on schedule and at budget.