Suffolk Begins Phase Two at Baystate Med. Ctr. – Designed by Steffian Bradley

Springfield, MA – Suffolk Construction recently joined Baystate Health in celebrating the opening of phase one of its expansion and facility-replacement project at Baystate Medical Center. Located in Springfield, the $296 million, 641,000sf new clinical facility houses a state-of-the-art heart and vascular center as well as critical-care and inpatient rooms designed in collaboration with patients and families. Suffolk has already begun work on phase two, a new emergency department, which will triple the size of Baystate’s existing emergency room, one of the busiest in the nation.

The new MassMutual Wing features the Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center, which includes six cross-functional surgical/endovascular suites. Representing the latest in patient-focused design, a new 20-room CARE (Cardiovascular Assessment, Recovery, and Evaluation) unit allows patients undergoing outpatient procedures to go from pre-op to discharge in the same room, with the same nursing team. The facility also consists of 96 private inpatient rooms and 32 cardiovascular critical care rooms.

Suffolk provided preconstruction and construction management services for the project, which is part of a 15-year master plan for the hospital—the largest medical facility in Western Massachusetts. The project is predominantly new construction, including multiple tunnels and bridges, with tie-ins to two existing buildings. Of the new construction, approximately 40 percent remains as shell space for future development.

Using Building Information Modeling (BIM), Suffolk saved significant time and money on the project. The team is also working with Baystate Health to develop 6D facility maintenance options that will best suit the hospital’s needs in order to operate the building in the most efficient and economical ways possible. Suffolk adhered to the sustainable design principles of The Green Guide for Health Care™ and incorporated green elements, including a seven-story light well and green roof.

The second phase, which started in the summer of 2011, consists of a new $25 million emergency department to be located on the first floor of the new building. When completed in late 2012, the 70,000sf emergency room will be more than three times the size of the hospital’s existing emergency room.

The new expanded emergency department will feature 90 patient treatment rooms, including 65 adult rooms, eight behavioral rooms, and a dedicated children’s area with 17 pediatric rooms. It will also feature an updated helicopter pad, which is being moved from an adjacent parking lot to the fifth-floor roof, with an express elevator connecting it to the emergency room.

The project is designed by Steffian Bradley Architects.

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