“People want to be where they’re comfortable.”
The keynote speaker, David Storto, President of Partners Continuing Care & Spaulding Rehab Network, summed up the theme of the today’s event, The State of Boston Healthcare, with a quote that spoke to one of the crucial challenges facing both the healthcare and development industries: how to meet the increasing and varied demands of discerning patients and consumers of healthcare, and how an increasing appreciation for flexibility and inclusiveness within the development community can meet these needs.
Life Time Center, a 286,000 sf mixed-use asset developed by The Bulfinch Companies, Inc., and prominently situated on Route 9 East, served as the ideal host for the discussion, organized by Bisnow Boston. From changes in the political landscape to the evolving needs of the modern patient, the healthcare industry is under tremendous pressure to change, and commercial real estate development needs to understand and adapt in order to meet the requirements of today’s patients.
Nickerson Founder and CEO Lisa Nickerson moderated the opening panel, which included Frank Nelson, Executive Managing Director at Newman Grubb Knight Frank, Larry Grossman, Senior Principal at Stantec, and Chris Schultheis, Senior Director at LifeTime Medical, focused on Life Time Center and touched on building a space that offers superior features.
Mr. Grossman shared photos of the site’s original structure, the Atrium Mall, and he and the panelists discussed the amenities offered at Life Time Center, and how the improvements made by The Bulfinch Companies, Inc. play an important role in meeting the demands of the discerning consumer and differentiate Life Time Center in a crowded and competitive space.
These amenities include over 1,000 parking spaces and valet service, amenities which, in its location, are “unheard of,” and the product of “…a team’s approach to health care.”
Building on this theme of adaptability and inclusiveness, the morning’s event concluded with “Building for the Future,” a panel with representatives from the Dana Farber, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, BioMed Reality, GeniSys, Suffolk Construction, and Array Architects. The conversation emphasized the need to meet the patient where and how they live, and centered on the importance of involving patients and consumers in the design process as early as possible.
Bill Kane, SVP at BioMed Realty, echoed the sentiments of the other panel participants when he said “each market had its own demands,” and emphasized the need for adaptive design, and building structures tenants can fully utilize and grow within.
Eric Schlager, CEO of Bulfinch, recognized this at the outset of Life Time Center development, and highlighted in the announcement of the building’s 2017 opening that the facility is “a one-of-a-kind wellness center in Greater Boston…the most attractive option for medical users in the suburban arena.”
As Boston continues to be a leader in the health and wellness sector, facilities within the industry will continue to implement innovation within their design to create premier healthcare destinations for residents.
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