Boston Children's at Waltham: A look into the future
On November 26, 2012, Boston Children's Hospital's Vice President of Real Estate Planning & Development, Charles Weinstein, gave the City Council of Waltham, Mass. a speculative look at potential future development of the institution's Waltham satellite. This was not a formal request for approval from the city—which would require a full technical submission for a Special Permit in accordance with the local Zoning Code—as Boston Children's has no immediate plans to move forward with construction on any of the changes presented to the Council.
Rather, at the city's request, Weinstein presented a pre-development feasibility study for Boston Children's at Waltham—a long-term "vision" of changes that the institution may wish to pursue at some later date. Click here for a closer look at what the future may hold for our Waltham facility.
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Building for our Future
On October 12, 2012, Boston Children’s Hospital submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority a new amendment (Amendment 2) to the hospital’s Institutional Master Plan (IMP). An IMP is a document filed with the city of Boston outlining potential and proposed construction projects for the next 5 to 10 years. Amendment 2 describes a new clinical building, improvements to the Patient and Family Garage and construction of a building to house administrative offices at 819 Beacon Street.
For Boston Children’s to continue to provide the very best care and to improve and enhance our patients’ and families’ experience, the hospital must have state-of-the-art facilities. As we move lower complexity care to our satellite and community partner locations, we are now caring for much sicker patients with longer lengths of stay on the Longwood Campus. Those patients and families have special requirements, including larger single rooms for privacy, space for more visiting family members and more equipment at the bedside. In addition, a new building would allow us to fully redesign our NICU, opened in 1988, to house individual rooms, allowing a parent to room-in with their newborn and siblings and family members to visit in privacy. It would also provide space for state-of-the-art equipment and better lighting and sound reduction for this very vulnerable patient population.
The project will allow more on-campus patient and visitor parking and more off-campus administrative parking. The increased parking at the existing Patient and Family Garage on Longwood and Blackfan Streets will provide a more convenient and less stressful visiting experience for our patients and their families.
The IMP Amendment 2 includes:
- a 445,000 gross square feet (GSF) clinical building on the Longwood Campus
- 76 net new parking spaces in the Family Garage (some existing spaces will be removed)
- 211,000 GSF office building and a 526 parking space garage at 819 Beacon Street
The 819 Beacon Street site will circumvent the MBTA Green Line subway tunnel (located beneath the property) and allow public use of portions of the site for the planned MBTA Urban Ring, Boston’s Multi-use Path (a walking and bike trail) and the Maitland Street realignment and a dedicated bus lane.
Institutional Master Plan Notification Form
The following is a description of Boston Children's Hospital Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF) / Project Notification Form (PNF) that was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority on October 12, 2012.
Institutional Master Plan Notification Form by chapter in PDF format:
Table of Contents / Public Notice
2.0 Proposed IMP Projects
3.0 Assessment of Development Review Components
4.0 Coordination with Other Government Agencies
5.0 Project Certification
Appendix A: Spotlight April 2012
Appendix B: LEED Checklists