by Sara Mannes
In celebration of Women in Construction (WIC) Week, Professional Women in Construction’s Boston chapter held a construction site tour of Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) Hale Family Clinical Building.
The event began with an overview presentation of the project from David Meek, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Michell Fennel, senior associate at BR+A; and Stephanie Altavilla, BCH senior project director.
The speakers provided insight into the planning, design, and construction of the clinical campus building, including client needs, main program components and goals, the interactive design process, and unique project challenges and solutions.
Project team members with Suffolk Construction and Shepley Bulfinch then led a site tour of the 300 Longwood Avenue building. Attendees walked through the 11-story construction site as guides highlighted special project features, including water mitigation systems, added redundancy for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, and other innovative features with regard to patient care and building maintenance and safety.
Design on the Hale Family Clinical Building began in May 2015 and construction began in January 2018. It is slated for completion in December 2021.
The design/build project team included Shepley Bulfinch, architect; Suffolk Construction, general contractor; McNamara Salvia, structural engineer; R.W. Sullivan, plumbing engineer; BR+A, electrical and mechanical engineer; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., civil engineer; Jensen Hughes, code consultant; MikYoung Kim Design, landscape architect; Cavanaugh Tossi, acoustics; St. Onge, logistics and vertical transportation; and Haley & Aldrich, geotechnical engineer.
Sara Mannes is the digital media manager at High-Profile Monthly.