A Closer Look at the New Inpatient Building
The new inpatient building will redefine sustainability, community, and critical care
With plans to welcome its first patient in late 2023, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's new building will be a true hub of innovation. As the area's most advanced medical facility, it will serve the Beth Israel Lahey Health system's most critically ill patients who need the type of care that only an academic medical center of our caliber can provide. If you missed our cover feature in the latest issue of Giving Matters, you can start here to learn more about the new inpatient building, which is currently under construction on our West Campus. Continue reading for an even more in-depth look.
As we work to resume operations and recover financially after Boston's surge of COVID-19 cases, the first thing on everyone's minds is critical care. Long before the novel coronavirus emerged as a global crisis, however, preparing for public health emergencies and infection control were top priorities at BIDMC, and we continue to refine our infection control protocols to this day as the pandemic evolves. For this building, our team had the foresight to design a building that prioritizes acute care, with a whole floor dedicated to intensive care units (ICUs). In addition to this floor, which will significantly increase BIDMC's ICU space and capacity to treat critically ill patients, the building will also include numerous state-of-the-art procedure rooms. With a designated emergency command center, private patient rooms, and sophisticated infection control systems, the new building will enable BIDMC to rapidly triage patients and provide isolation to those who are in need in the event that we are confronted with another pandemic or public health emergency.
Another key aspect of the building is environmental sustainability. In conceiving the facility's design and construction, the BIDMC team deliberately prioritized its ability to be energy- and resource-efficient. Having committed to creating a building with one of the highest possible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings, BIDMC sends a powerful message about the importance of sustainability. As a LEED Silver certifiable building, the project will include specialized roofs, energy-efficient cooling and heating systems, rainwater harvesting and recycling structures, and more ― all harnessing the power of technology to decrease our environmental impact. As a result, we anticipate a six percent reduction in energy used, a 15 percent reduction in extra heat generated by the sun on the surface of the building, and a 54 percent decrease in direct solar radiation.
Along with innovations in sustainability and critical care, the new inpatient building will make a powerful and lasting mark on the community through its beautiful design — not just for patients who come inside, but also for anyone walking or driving by outdoors. Building materials, landscaping, and lighting have been carefully selected to enrich the pedestrian experience. And as the first thing drivers will see on the left as they come in from the South, the building will serve as an elegant gateway to the Longwood Medical Area. Beyond its aesthetic, the building will also enable BIDMC to make far-reaching contributions to the community. This project has fostered job creation — with 80 permanent full-time BIDMC positions and more than 400 construction jobs — and will also enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists alike. With a contribution to the Boston Planning and Development Agency for pedestrian and cyclist improvements in the vicinity of the Riverway and Brookline Avenue, BIDMC will enable the creation of a new BLUEbike station, additional bike parking, and a bike repair station for employees and the public. The construction will also enhance safety by widening of Pilgrim Road to accommodate two-way traffic and improving access to loading docks and curbside drop-off zones.
As construction progresses, we will keep you up to date! Learn more about how you can contribute to this incredible new inpatient building.