Baystate Medical Center – Hospital of the Future – Interior Environments
The Hospital of the Future entails a 640,000-square-foot campus addition to provide replacement inpatient beds and surgical facilities for Baystate’s academic medical tertiary/quarternary care center. The project’s design incorporates the latest concepts in multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care, while creating a hospitality-like environment for the healthcare setting.
The Hospital’s interior design combines a palette of light and dark wood elements, complemented by stonework details, subtle planes of color, and large panels of nature-themed art glass. A six-story lightwell at the center of the building allows natural daylight to flood the interior core, and spreads to patient corridors and staff work areas. Indirect lighting enhances this natural lighting by floating through vertical and horizontal planes to create a light, uplifting feel in the space, enhancing the wellbeing of both patients and staff. Floating ceilings incorporate indirect lighting to highlight key destination points.
Borrowing from the hospitality industry, the design creates separate “front of house” and “back of house” circulation systems to ensure that noisy, congested support operations are isolated from the patient experience. Inpatient care rooms feature designated family zones and provide adequate room to accommodate visitors as well as caregivers.
Interior Environments - Inpatient Care
$259,000,000 (Phase 1)
- 314 Med/surg and critical care beds
- Heart and Vascular Center
- Hybrid procedure rooms – 10 ORs
- Orthopaedic suite – 8 ORs
- Surgical suite – 14 OR
- Inter-operative MRI
- Consolidated central sterile processing and distribution center
- New entry and lobby areas
- Academic teaching spaces, and support functions.
- Level 1 Trauma Center
- 84 treatment rooms
- Roof-top helipad
- Time limited care unit
- Non-invasive heart and vascular diagnostics center
Children’s Hospital wing
2 Seven story wings / 1 Five story wing
Special Design Elements:
- Careful attention was required in the design process to mitigate:
- High water table issues
- Construction vibration and potential destabilization impacts on existing clinical care buildings and campus access
- Shielding new building connections from existing MRI suites
- Phasing of new utilities and site preparation.
- Winner of the Grand Prize in Building Magazine’s America’s Best Building of the Year Awards
- Honorable Mention in the Acute Care Category of Contract Magazine & The Center for Health Design’s Healthcare Environment Awards