Award level: Honor Award
Project name: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Project location: Charlestown, Massachusetts
Firm name: Perkins+Will
Jury comments: Located on a harbor in a former naval shipyard, this rehabilitation hospital is modern, clean, and elegantly simple. The architect made the best of everything, including state regulations guiding massing, height, and public access. White the architect cannot take credit for the amazing views offered by the site, the project–and especially the patients–absolutely benefit from its location. The landscaping and healing garden are well executed. The ground floor includes a cafe, gift shop, aquatic center, and conference rooms that are also available to the public. Patient rooms are modular and can be adjusted, an amazing innovation. Furnishings are elegant and spare. The sky lit inpatient therapy gym at the heart of the building can be used for concerts and other gatherings. Immediately outside the gym is a roof terrace where patients can relax or exercise. Mechanical and electrical systems are located in the penthouse, and other considerations such as operable windows, have been introduced to make the building as resilient as possible to coastal storms, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
Client: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Partners HealthCare
Contractor: Walsh Brothers Incorporated
Consultants: Donoghue Barrett & Signal, PC; Epsilon Associates; Goulston & Storrs; Haley & Aldrich; Leggat McCall Properties; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin; Copley Wolff Design Group; HOERR SCHAUDT; Richard Moore Environmental Consulting; WSP Flack & Kurtz; Kalin Associates; Lerch Bates & Associates; McNamara/Salvia; Pothier Group; RW Sullivan Engineering; Thompson Consultants; Vermeulens Cost Consultants; Campbell McCabe; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; Buro Happold Consulting; AKF Lighting; Institute for Human Centered Design and Adaptive Environments; Sustainable Step New England; New England Medical Systems Co.; PDC – Pool Design Consultants; Source Atlantic; Smith Seckman Reid; Vine Associates; Cavanaugh Tocci Associates; Gamble Design; Boston Art