The $1 billion expansion of Massachusetts General Hospital will include design features that allow the hospital to serve as a refuge for up to four days in an emergency, according to Construction Dive. The design will consider every worst-case scenario for the structure, using case studies based on healthcare facilities that functioned during and after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
The Boston hospital also is flood-proofing existing buildings, says Sally Mason Boemer, the hospital’s senior vice president of administration and finance. Critical functions will relocate to upper floors, and windows and doors will feature protective coatings.
The Partners HealthCare network, which includes Massachusetts General, has been working to institute resiliency measures across its more than 30 facilities.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Center was Boston’s first waterfront building to be designed to combat the effects of climate change. It was built at 30 inches above the 500-year floodplain and has large granite berms to block floodwaters. It also features redundant HVAC systems, triple-paned glass, extra insulation, light-colored concrete to reflect sunlight, and natural ventilation and lighting.
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