Friday, August 20, 2010

The Building for the Third Century: A hallmark of the future

OPERATING ROOM OF 2011: A state-of-the-art operating room in the B3C 

AS THE MGH COMMUNITY marks the 200th anniversary of the Circular Letter and takes a moment to remember its rich past, MGHers also look to the future and the opportunities available in the coming years. At the heart of the main campus stands one hallmark of the MGH's future – the Building for the Third Century (B3C), a 530,000-square-foot clinical facility to house the latest technology in emergency, radiation oncology, surgical, neurological and cancer care.

Construction of the B3C began in June 2008, and the building is slated to open in the summer of 2011. Among the major phases that have been completed to date are the demolition of the Clinics, Vincent Burnham Kennedy and Tilton buildings, which stood in the building's construction footprint; the construction of the MGH-Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary connector bridge; the completion of the slurry wall foundation and the four below- and 10 above-ground floors; the installation of the external curtain wall panels; and the construction of a pedestrian bridge between the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and the B3C and a clinical support bridge connecting the Wang Ambulatory Care Center to the B3C.

"The B3C is now in its final stages," says Jim Guiry, MGH senior construction manager. "We are completing finishes to the roofs and floors, interior millwork, painting, ceilings, equipment, building exteriors, the new ambulance entrance at Fruit Street and sidewalks."

"This is an exciting moment to be a part of the MGH community," says Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president of Administration and B3C project sponsor. "Not only will we soon mark the hospital's 200th anniversary, but we also stand poised to celebrate the future of the MGH with this amazing state-of-the-art facility housing the latest technologies in its procedure and patient rooms, offering soothing and welcoming comfort and care for patients and their families, and featuring contemporary, environmentally friendly features. This is truly a great time in the history of the MGH."

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