Green Building Opens At Mass General

Increasingly, hospitals across the country have chosen to go green when expanding operations, and Massachusetts General is no exception. The Boston hospital recently celebrated the opening of its Lunder Building,  a new 14-floor facility expected to secure LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Lunder Building was created in order to expand clinical space at the heart of the main campus, increasing inpatient capacity by 150 beds, with five new floors for hospitalized medical oncology, neuro-intensive care and neurosciences patients. It also offers 28 new procedure rooms and an additional number of pre- and post-procedure bays, while also expanding services in cancer, the neurosciences, radiation oncology and emergency services.

Lunder Building, Boston, Massachusetts

image via Massachusetts General Hospital

The building also takes care of patients in other ways, by increasing indoor air quality and making use of natural building materials.  “Studies have shown that a natural environment can help to promote healing for sick patients,” said Dr. Jean Elrick, senior vice president for administration and Lunder Building executive sponsor. “The practice of green building is a science, and we have been working with some of the best in the architectural field to be among the leaders in this area.”

Hospital administrators began plans for the Lunder Building more than six years, and worked closely with staff and architects at MGH Architects to incorporate a number of eco-friendly aspects into the building, including strategies to conserve water and energy, make use of sustainable resources and curb its carbon footprint.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.