Friday, October 1, 2010

B3CBits: B3C Building bit by bit

OPENING IN SUMMER 2011: The roof of the B3C features more than 1,000 planter trays.

To help MGHers keep up with news and information about the final stages of construction of the Building for the Third Century (B3C) -- a 530,000-square-foot building that will serve as the heart of inpatient care at the MGH while also enhancing select outpatient and emergency services -- MGH Hotline periodically will publish "B3C Bits," short announcements designed to give the MGH community a peek into the activities surrounding the summer 2011 opening of the B3C.

During the weekend of Sept. 25, the team from Turner Construction Company installed more than 1,000 planter trays on the roof of the B3C. Each planter tray weighs approximately 100 pounds and is filled with soil and a variety of sedum plants. An additional 1,000 planter trays will be placed on the upper roof during the weekend of Oct. 2. These green roof planters and the roof garden on the southwest corner of the B3C contribute to the B3C's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, an internationally recognized green building verification system.

"The garden and rooftop planters not only look nice, they also have an environmentally friendly impact on the building," says Jim Guiry, senior construction manager. "Fifty percent of the building footprint being covered by vegetation results in less energy used to heat and cool the building. The plants replace heat-absorbing surfaces and cool the air above the roof surface. The planters also absorb rainwater, which means less water flowing into storm drains."

MGHers can see the B3C sixth-floor planter trays by looking out the upper floor windows of the Ellison and Bigelow buildings. The B3C southwest corner roof garden, including its variety of bamboo trees, can be seen from the upper floors of the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.

The B3C is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011. For more information about the B3C, access

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