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Wednesday, October 10, 2018  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Big Things Come in Little Packages at Boston Children’s

SueEllen Donahoe, LEED AP
Manager, Facilities Planning & Design, Boston Children's Hospital
David Meek, Assoc AIA, LEED AP
Associate, Shepley Bulfinch

Perched atop the uppermost floors of the second oldest structure remaining at Boston Children’s Hospital, the clinical lab program supporting this renowned institution will be consolidated to 27,000 square feet of Sub Basement Level 2 in the new $1.2B Hale Building. While its modest 10% spatial increase doesn’t keep pace with the rest of the facility’s growth, the unique layout makes up for it. Wrapped by specialties, the central open lab design will be adept to handle changes in equipment, process and protocols for many years to come. With provisions for future automation put in place, and ample infrastructure, this smart, flexible layout was an uphill battle to maintain from concept to contract documents. Challenges in the planning phase addressed environmental change, functional colocation of previously separate labs, building geometry, logistics, and all the other physical demands that this comprehensive tower design could possibly present on a tight urban site.



1. Resolve to maintain your original concept regardless of obstacles and challenges
2. Address future needs for sequential conversion from manual benches to automated processing
3. Recognize and accommodate the different requirements of various analyzing spaces
4. Maximize the potential opportunity of an unconventional and restrictive floorplate

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH