Type of facility: Ambulatory-care center
Client: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Project architects: Perkins & Will, CHicago; Cambridge (Mass.) Seven AssociatesConstruction Manager: Walsh Bros., Boston
Completed: December 2004
Size: 420,000 gross square feet
Cost per square foot: N/A
"It's the boldness of urban strategy," says contest judge Michael Poitras about the Yawkey Center, Massachusetts General Hospital's new outpatient-care facility in Boston. The project, started in October 2001 and completed in December 2004, brings together 25 individual physician practices into one building on the hospital's campus toc reate a comprehensive outpatient center, with careful attention paid to the building's proximity to mass transit-the transportation of choice in Boston. Urban architecture must be conscious of transportation and space, say the judges, who believe that Yawkey's design made the most of complex issues regarding available space and access.
Hospital administrators and architects made room for the 10-story, 420,000-square-foot building by demolishing a parking garage nearest the main street and mass transit, while creating a 725-car undergroundparking garage to replace it. A massive glass-curtain wall on the eastside of the building provides visitors with views of the city; and on the interior, various color accents help patients find their way around the medical suites and make locating entrances and exits easier.
Yawkey also used nearby buildings instead of building all new facilities. For example, one wing of a historic former jail was used to connect some of the building's clinics. The location on the existing campus enforced the overall theme of greater ease and access for patients seeking care for multiple services.