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Massachusetts General Hospital - The Lunder Building

Category: Category B: Built, More than $25 million (construction cost)

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Exterior

EXTERIOR

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On track for LEED Gold certification, the building features sustainability measures that add to the aesthetics, experience and efficiency of the building: Material Selection: More than 1/3 of materials used for construction were recycled or locally extracted or manufactured materials. Renewable materials, such as bamboo, were used for wall finishes. 

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts<BR />

Firm: NBBJ<BR />

Architect: Joan Saba, AIA

Urban Fit

URBAN FIT

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Located on an extremely compact urban site, the Lunder Building brings much needed expanded services to its historic and renowned campus in downtown Boston.

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Location:  Boston, Massachusetts<BR />

Firm:  NBBJ<BR />

Architect:  Joan Saba, AIA

Intensive Care Room - 6th Floor

INTENSIVE CARE ROOM - 6TH FL

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A bamboo garden was planted atop the mechanical floor below to provide these ICU rooms with calming views and ample daylight for family and staff caring for patients in the most critical of conditions.

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Location:  Boston, Massachusetts<BR>

Firm:  NBBJ<BR />

Architect:  Joan Saba, AIA

Imaging

IMAGING 

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One of the most advanced features of the Lunder Building is a powerful intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (IMRI) device mounted on a ceiling track that can be moved into two adjacent operating rooms. Surgeons can now perform precise imaging during procedures that will allow unprecedented accuracy, safety and efficiency.

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Location:  Boston, Massachusetts<BR />

Firm:  NBBJ<BR />

Architect:  Joan Saba, AIA

Patient Rooms

PATIENT ROOMS 

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When daylighting was not available in spaces like the Radiation Oncology Department located four stories below ground the lighting strategy was to create warmth and comfort by using soft, indirect lighting design elements such as frosted pendant lights and wall-wash fixtures.

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Location:  Boston, Massachusetts<BR />

Firm:  NBBJ<BR />

Architect:  Joan Saba, AIA

Design Solution

Designed to commemorate Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) bicentennial and its advancement into its third century of providing care, the Lunder Building is a high-tech, flexible structure designed to meet MGH’s current and future needs. The 535,000-square-foot building houses progressive technologies, procedural programs, a 150-bed tower, and new emergency and radiation oncology units. Located on an extremely compact urban site in the heart of Boston, the architecture is an honest expression of the multiple programs within, and builds upon relationships between adjacent buildings, negotiating shifts between dense horizontal and vertical campus massing.

Jury Comments

This project -has raised the bar for all submittals, unanimously appreciated an applauded by all on the jury. The thought going into the project, from siting and exterior massing and use of materials to the wonderful healing environment inside, is a tribute to the vision of the client and the quality of this team. Especially considering its urban location, and the density of the immediate campus, this challenge was pro-actively dealt with “head on” by the architects, with stellar and exemplary results. A real winner, well done from the inside to the outside, no detail left unaddressed.

Photo Credits

©Anton Grassl/Esto, Frank Oudeman, Sean Airhart/NBBJ.

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