Hospital Construction Wave Comes to Boston

Hospital officials want to construct new outpatient surgery center spanning 224,000 square feet and five floors

By Dan Hounsell
July 9, 2021

The rising tide of new construction and expansion — including recent announcements from Philadelphia and Norwalk, Conn., to UC Irvine and UC Davis — shows no signs of slowing as healthcare organizations seek to return to pre-pandemic levels of growth.

Boston Children’s Hospital recently announced plans for a $435 million expansion in suburbs west and south of Boston to serve growing numbers of patients, according to The Boston Globe.

Hospital officials want to construct a new outpatient surgery center spanning 224,000 square feet and five floors. They also plan to expand services at their existing site in Waltham and move their physician offices in Weymouth to a new medical office building in that community.

The new push is taking shape as Children’s is in the midst of a more than $1 billion expansion of its main campus in Boston’s Longwood neighborhood, where it is constructing an 11-story building with private patient rooms, an intensive care unit for newborns, new operating rooms, and more. The hospital will grow from 404 beds to 475 after the new building opens next year.

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