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SGH Boston 2018 Seminar Series – Seminar 6: Structuring the Future of Patient Care for the UVM Medical Center Miller Inpatient Building

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    Free and open to the public

Presented by Brian M. Twomey, P.E., and Alec S. Zimmer, P.E., LEED AP

Join us for the next seminar in our 2018 series, hosted by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger at Atlantic Wharf in Downtown Boston.

Many hospitals have adapted their patient care models in response to evolving patient needs, including shifting from double- to single-occupancy rooms that offer patients more privacy and reduce the transmission of infections. The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) in Burlington, VT, has responded to this challenge with the new Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building, set to open in 2019. With this new seven-story building, UVMMC will add 128 single-occupancy patient rooms, increasing the hospital’s single-occupancy room rate from 30% to 90%. In this seminar, we will highlight the new UVMMC building and explore several design challenges the project team needed to overcome, including long floor spans, complex foundation and lateral-load-resisting systems, a dramatic two-story “skybridge” to an adjacent building, intricate interfaces with existing buildings, and connector structures to facilitate patient and staff circulation throughout the campus.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand potential complications of working around an existing hospital building with an active emergency department.
  • Identify the challenges of adding to and interfacing with existing, occupied buildings.
  • Appreciate the difficulties inherent in designing and erecting long-span structures.
  • Recognize the need for adjustability in facade supports and the opportunities for thermal breaks in facade attachments.

For those who qualify, 1.0 LU/HSW is available.

5:30–6:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
6:00–7:00 pm Presentation & Discussion
7:00–7:30 pm Cocktail Reception

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