Agenda

Boston is building a healthy future. Create + Construct explores how AEC professionals can design and adapt health care and life science facilities throughout New England.

   
8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
   
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Keynote
   
9:30 a.m. Session I
  Protect + Prepare
  Improving Resilience of Critical Health Care and Life Science Facilities
   
11:15 a.m. Session II
  Panelize + Perform
  Prefabricating a New Clinical Building at Boston Children’s Hospital
   
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Breakout Sessions
   
1:45 p.m. Session III
  Respect + Retrofit
  Keeping an In-Use Hospital Active During Renovation
   
3:30 p.m. Session IV
  Create + Construct
  Health Care and Life Science Perspectives on Construction Needs for a Digital Future
   
5:00 p.m. Networking & Cocktail Reception
   

Keynote Address

Hear from Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s President and CEO Travis McCready, a leading voice in the life science sector and one of Boston Business Journal’s fifty most powerful people in Boston. Travis will discuss the convergence of health care and life sciences in Boston.


Session I

Protect + Prepare
Improving Resilience of Critical Health Care and Life Science Facilities

Health care and life science facilities are critical to the health and welfare of our community and region. With extreme weather events occurring at increasing frequency, the resilience of these facilities becomes paramount. Owners, operators, and designers must put plans in place to protect facilities, offer continuity of service, and safeguard patients and assets during extreme events. It is important to specially tailor these buildings and facilities to the unique demands of the health care and life science industries. 

In this session, we will address resilience from several perspectives, including high-level planning, individual project implementation, and detailed design. We will discuss critical interaction points between AEC professionals and their counterparts in business operations, the process of identifying vulnerabilities to extreme events, and strategies for improving resilience at existing facilities.

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Session II
Panelize + Perform
Prefabricating a New Clinical Building at Boston Children’s Hospital

New health care facilities are required to meet the needs of aging Baby Boomers and a growing Millennial workforce. Construction of these facilities can pose logistical challenges in tight urban environments for projects like Boston Children’s Hospital’s new Hale Family Clinical Building in the Longwood Medical Area. The 550,000 square-foot, eleven-story building will add 3 acres of surgical space, a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit, and improved patient amenities in the heart of the growing hospital campus.  

In this session, we will discuss the need for new health care and life science facilities and show how site constraints, phasing requirements, schedule demands, and technical infrastructure upgrades led to designing a completely prefabricated facade for the Hale Family Clinical Building. Members of the design and construction team will also review the design-assist process and touch on other project requirements, such as interior microclimates and facade reuse. 

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Session III

Respect + Retrofit 

Keeping an In-Use Hospital Active During Renovation

Project teams can renovate many in-use buildings without causing major disruptions. Hospitals, however, require complex planning and coordination to remain in use, respect patient needs, preserve adaptability, and stay at the forefront of technology and care. These obstacles become greater when working with modern campuses integrating older and newer buildings that house essential services. 

This session will explore a significant renovation effort at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton. This project created a new rehabilitation services area, operating room, and medical-surgical wing in a portion of an operational hospital that was constructed in stages from the 1940s to 1980s. Throughout the conversation, we will share architectural; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP); and structural perspectives from this project highlighting some of the challenges and solutions of hospital and life science facility renovations.

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Session IV
Create + Construct
Health Care and Life Science Perspectives on Construction Needs for a Digital Future 

Bold thinking and innovative partnerships help Boston’s universities, hospitals, and life science facilities complement and challenge one another. Collaborations like the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative serve as a catalyst for growing the area’s capabilities and advancing patient care. AEC experts can play an important role in this digital revolution as New England’s health care and life science markets adapt and expand. Owners, planners, developers, and designers will need to balance local construction challenges with broader digital demands.

During this panel discussion, AEC industry leaders will explore trends, roadblocks, and opportunities for the area. Top executives will share perspectives on the current state of the construction market and offer ideas for the future of this critical sector.

Moderator: 

  • Daniel Clark, Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Panelists: 

  • William Kane; Senior Vice President, East Coast Leasing; BioMed Realty
  • Edmund Lydon, Director of Support Services, Northeast Hospital Corporation
  • Kevin Neumann, Partner, E4H Environments for Health Architecture
  • Lisa Strope; Vice President, Director of Research; JLL


Additional Activities

Lunch & Breakout Sessions
Attendees may enjoy a networking lunch at Create + Construct, or choose one of two optional midday activities (available as an add-on when registering). 

  • Project Site Tour of Hale Family Clinical Building

Join a 30-minute walking tour of the future home of the Hale Family Clinical Building at Boston Children’s Hospital. Attendees must pre-register and wear work boots and pants; other required safety equipment will be provided. $40 registration; limited to 30 participants. 

Hosted by Suffolk Construction, Shepley Bulfinch, and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. 

  • “Building Beyond Our Borders” Presentation 

Join a lunchtime discussion about bringing modern construction practices to new health and child care facilities around the globe. Project team members will describe efforts to build the University of Global Health Equity campus in Butaro, Rwanda, and the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti. Complimentary; limited to 80 participants.

Hosted by Skanska and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. Presented by Michael Benedetto, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive, Skanska, and Brian Twomey, Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.

Networking & Cocktail Reception 
Join industry thought leaders and fellow attendees to discuss the state of health care and life science facilities over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.