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Brigham and Women's Hospital starts work on new research, clinical facility

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  June 24, 2013 01:38 PM

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(Image courtesy Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

A rendering of Brigham and Women’s Hospital's new medical research and clinical facility at the corner of Fenwood Road and Vining Street. The building is scheduled to open in 2016.

Brigham and Women's Hospital has broken ground on a new medical research and clinical facility designed to integrate research and patient care and support new innovations and breakthroughs.

“We think that the sky’s the limit. We think that the discoveries that will go on in this building will impact medical care for generations to come," Betsy Nabel, the hospital’s president, told the crowd of supporters gathered Wednesday at the corner of Fenwood Road and Vining Street where the building will stand.

The 11-story, 360,000-square-foot building, known as the Brigham Building for the Future, will house state-of-the-art labs, outpatient clinical space, and advanced imaging facilities.

With clinical space to treat patients and research labs in the same building, clinicians and scientists will be able to more readily communicate and collaborate to support breakthroughs in research and patient care.

Nabel said this will create a culture of innovation and allow teams of clinicians and care providers to advance diagnoses and treatments.

“There will be a lot of cross fertilization, cross culture occurring throughout the building, ” said Nabel, who praised the hospital’s doctors and scientists and Boston’s medical and life sciences communities that will contribute to work done in the new building.

“Together we can elevate our medical advances and bring them forward to our patients and community,” she said.

The LEED gold-certified building 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. The building will be connected to the main campus by a bridge over Fenwood Road.

The $450 million project will create 400 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs, according to Peter Meade, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, who attended the ceremony.

“It’s such an important part of what the city is--this institution,” Meade said. “And the construction of this new building will provide a new opportunity for this hospital to be an even better citizen, better scientist, and better folks who have hope in their hearts, in their hands, and their minds for all of us and for our future.”

The facility, scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2016, will also allow the hospital to consolidate its research space throughout the city.

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