Brigham and Women’s Planning New LEED-Certified Building
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) will break ground on a new medical research and clinical facility this week. They are calling the building the “Brigham Building for the Future“, and it will be an 11-story, 360,000-square-foot structure, located at the corner of Fenwood Road and Vining Street. The LEED gold-certified facility will have a roof garden to reduce storm water runoff, a system that cleans and reuses storm water for mechanical equipment, and a co-generation plant to supply the building with electricity, steam, and hot water.
A state-of-the-art lab and outpatient clinical space with advanced imaging facilities and underground parking will complete the building. In a press release announcing the building, BWH talks about the “emerging field of translational medicine,” which is what they call “the rapid transition of clinical advances from the laboratory bench to the medical clinic,” as a reason for needing the proximity of research and direct care space in that location. According to the report, the building will “enable BWH to consolidate many of the leases it currently holds for research space throughout the city.”
The building will be connected to the main BWH campus by a bridge over Fenwood Road. Construction will begin immediately after the groundbreaking June 19, and the building is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.
“The Brigham Building for the Future will facilitate a pioneering new approach to translational medicine,” said BWH president Dr. Betsy Nabel in the press release. “By integrating research and patient care in one location, scientists and clinicians will exchange ideas and work together to bring innovations more quickly to the patients who need them most.”