Bigelow Fleming has just completed the second phase of MetroWest Medical Center’s psychiatric unit in Framingham, MA. The firm is currently programming Phase III, which is slated for completion in Spring 2016.
The new unit encompasses 14,250 square feet, including a nursing station, 14 patient beds, a day room, therapy area, medical supply room, and administrative offices. The project began in December 2014 and was completed in seven months.
Multiple phases were required to keep the relocated departments in operation and to minimize the disruption to the surrounding facilities. Bigelow Fleming specializes in healthcare renovations, many of which are occupied spaces where sensitive patients cannot be disturbed. At MetroWest, Bigelow Fleming implemented custom sanitary, noise-reduction, and safety procedures to accommodate the unique variables associated with the space, and the temporary housing for the unit’s future patients. “You can’t just be complacent. We have checklists to make sure the site is clean and safe. We know occupied space – that’s what we do,” Tom Bigelow explains. This expertise and diligence has translated into an ongoing relationship between Bigelow Fleming and MetroWest.
Phase I and II of the project totaled about 30,000 square feet and 28 beds. Phase III is a 24-bed unit and will open in Spring 2016. Bigelow Fleming has already renovated the fourth floor of the hospital into a new behavioral health facility, as well as completed projects to accommodate the departments that are being relocated, all while the hospital continued to operate and treat patients.