Baystate Children’s Specialty Center Officially Opens

SBA and Baystate Medical Center celebrated the opening of the brand new Baystate Children’s Specialty Center in Springfield, MA.  Attendees were given tours of the 30,000 sqft facility, which houses all of Baystate’s 15 Pediatric Specialties ranging from Endocrinology and Weight Management to Neurology and Genetics.

Designers Rebeccah Eldridge, Derek Noble, and Kirsten Waltz all attended the event, reporting that, “Everyone from the new President/CEO Mark Keroack to the staff that spoke had high praises for the design and construction team.  Families and patients love the space.”

The opening attracted a lot of media attention, with ABC 40, 22 News, and CBS 3 News reporting.

You can view more pictures of the laughter-filled event on Mass Live.com and on our Facebook page!

Learn more about the history of this exciting project.

Steffian Bradley was one of the sponsors of the 2014 student charrette organized by the Architects for Health (AfH) over a week long period in late January.  The charrette asked students to prepare a design for a new hospital tower on the Guy’s Hospital site adjacent to the existing Guys’s Tower in central London adjacent to Europe’s Tallest building, the 1024 ft tall Shard by Renzo Piano. The brief included the invitation to design a building as a civic gesture as a riposte to the London skyline dominated by the skyscrapers of city institutions.  The content of the tower included, but was not limited to, acute care, intermediate bedrooms for recovery, none acute community health services, a patient hotel and extra-care living accommodation including associated leisure and social functions.

Jiri Richter of SBA London participated on the winning team, developing a solution which took inspiration from the surrounding historic urban context and addressed the 2 key questions with any skyscraper: how does it meet the ground and the sky. Borough High-Street leading to London Bridge is adjacent to the site and due to the streets important cultural links in the community, the team looked at the composition of the High Street with its ground floor conglomerate of bakers, banks, shops, barbers, restaurants, theatres, post offices etc… contrasting with the mundane living spaces above (flats and hotels). This unplanned layering and contrasting of quiet-loud, open-closed, private-public spaces allowed the team to build a narrative of a vertical high-street tower where given hospital spatial functions were mixed with social programs in an attempt of a more civic approach to the traditional hospital. As a result, similar to the existing community, the team looked at organizing the vertical tower by mix-matching inpatient beds with gardens and libraries, patient hotels with theatres and cinemas, health centers with green spaces, pubs, cafes and restaurants with private, extra care apartments and acute facilities.  This approach was pivotal in the jury’s naming Jiri’s team as the overall winner of the week long charrette.

AfH Competition

Caption: Jiri Richter’s study model of the winning scheme of the AfH 2014 Design Competition for Guys St Thomas’ NHS Trust

Longwater Place is a three-acre site in Norwell, Massachusetts that formerly housed a manufacturing and warehouse facility. SBA was engaged to develop the site master plan and to design the building for conversion to a multi-tenant facility for general office, medical office and lab spaces.

To help organize the building plan, three new lobbies were created for easy access to tenant spaces. The north and south lobbies are connected with a wide gallery space that allows for an efficient tenant circulation plan. The west lobby also has a new atrium and elevator and the option to connect to the main gallery corridor. A distinct color scheme is used both inside and out to aid in orientation and way finding. Old exterior concrete precast panels were covered with a new metal panel skin.

New energy efficient windows with solar controls were installed at the first and second floors in multiple locations along with new skylights to bring natural light deep into the existing floor plate. All building HVAC and lighting systems now include energy efficient components to meet the new occupancy requirements.

Longwater Place - View 3

Longwater Place – View 3

Longwater Place - View 2

Longwater Place – View 2

Longwater Place - View 1

Longwater Place – View 1

Steffian Bradley Architects has pledged to participate in the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment, a “growing national initiative that provides a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project’s energy performance.”

For SBA this means that as a point of process, we apply the principles of sustainable design and energy reduction to every project. For our clients, this results in long term energy cost savings and a heightened awareness of the impact of the environment on staff productivity and morale.

By looking at each project from a range of “green” perspectives we are best able to suggest options that will provide the highest level of resource savings, the best overall life-cycle costing and the most healthy and comfortable learning, healing and working environments possible. For those clients who do want to pursue certification under a building rating system, it may be helpful to know that SBA has over 30 LEED accredited professionals on staff to help successfully navigate through the paperwork involved in the certification process. Whether a client decides to pursue certification or not, the most important part of any sustainable design strategy is that it makes sense for the specific project requirements in terms of both design impact and life-cycle cost. In most cases, this is addressed with subtle design elements such as low-flow water fixtures, occupancy sensors, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, programmable thermostats and energy-efficient lighting.

PeterSteffian_2Peter Steffian, longtime Chairman of Steffian Bradley Architects who passed away this spring, spent some time this past year to reflect on his time as an architect. With a career that has spanned over 50 years, Peter experienced plenty during his time in this profession. In today’s entry, Peter gives his take on how mentoring has changed within the architecture industry.
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