Type of facility: Teaching hospital
Client: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Project architect: Payette, Boston
Construction manager: William A. Berry & Son, Danvers, Mass.Completed: October 2005
Size: 17,000 square feet
Cost: $6.5 million
Cost per square foot: $382
Transparency, efficiency and flexibility were at the core of the third-floor renovation of the patient tower originally designed by well-known architect Bertrand Goldberg at 735-bed Brigham and Women's Hospital. The floor, divided into four circular pods along with a central hub, had to be transformed without disturbing operations on the floor above-which houses patient beds-or the cafeteria on the floor below. This required the project to be executed in multiple phases over 10 months in 2005.
The space, set up in 1968 as inpatient units, has been used as cardiology office space for the past 15 years. An open configuration, as well as an extensive use of clear and patterned glass, allow for the maximum distribution of light throughout the entire floor, and enable the nursing staff full visual supervision of rooms in the new arrangement. Judges cited the unobstructed visibility as an efficient design technique and well-planned use of space.
Two of the pods are outfitted with single-bed patient rooms. Tracked booms allow for multiple configurations of equipment and rotation of beds to facilitate patient views, and ceiling-mounted patient lifts, medication preparation areas and pass-through linen bins in every room were designed with caregivers in mind.
"The thing about this project is it's going into an extremely constrained position. ... In doing that, it takes a lot of attention to detail," contest judge David Thompson says.