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Boston hospital expansion to include disaster, flood protection

June 25, 2019

Massachusetts General Hospital’s $1 billion expansion will include design features that will allow the hospital to serve as a refuge for as long as four days in an emergency, according to an article on the Construction Dive website.

The design will consider every worst-case scenario for the structure, using case studies based on healthcare facilities that functioned during and after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

Sally Mason Boemer, senior vice president of administration and finance at Mass General, said the Boston hospital also is flood-proofing existing buildings.

Critical functions will be relocated to upper floors and protective coatings will be used on windows and doors.

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