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CHA / Somerville Hospital Project wins CMAA Project Achievement Award

Last week F&T attended the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) awards lunch with Walsh Brothers and Lavallee Brensinger. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Somerville Hospital Center for Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry took home the CMAA 2023 Project Achievement Award for Building Renovation/Modernization Projects with a construction value under $50 million, the only healthcare project receiving an award.

F&T at the CMAA Awards Lunch

Each year, America’s leading professional construction and program managers deliver creative and innovative projects around the world. Many of these projects have a great story to tell, regardless of size or complexity. Congratulations to Walsh Brothers, Inc. and the entire project team on a successful project!

About the Project

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) new Center for Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry adds 69 new child, adolescent (aged 3-17), and specialized youth neurodevelopmental beds to the Somerville campus. The new 60,800 square foot center provides a safe and supportive environment across 5 floors where children can receive the care they need to stabilize and begin the path to recovery, while also receiving education and support for their families.

The mission of the project was to expeditiously transform the campus by renovating 5 existing floors to provide 69 patient beds and a food service cafeteria. The 5-phase project provided urgent, incremental bed capacity in a 24x7 operating hospital in a tight urban residential neighborhood. The units are specially designed to provide a caring and calming setting for young people with acute behavioral health needs. Each unit features warm colors, natural light, many private rooms, group space and open-air space – all intended to facilitate treatment while maximizing patient and staff safety, including unique specialty needs such as ligature-resistant features. F&T proudly provided MEP/FP engineering and construction administration for the exciting project.


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