February, 2011

Walsh Brothers Dedicates New Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Yawkey Center for Cancer Care

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Walsh Brothers Dedicates New Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care


Boston, MA – February 11, 2011 – Walsh Brothers, Incorporated, in collaboration with designers
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects and Miller Dyer Spears, had the pleasure of participating in the recent dedication ceremony for the state of the art Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. This 275,000 SF cancer center with 200,000 SF underground parking garage is located on Brookline Avenue and serves as a model of bench to bedside cancer research and supporting clinical care for cancer patients.


The14-story DFCI Yawkey Center for Cancer Care is the product of a four-year, $1 billion fundraising campaign entitled Mission Possible, and is named in honor of the Yawkey Foundation after a generous $30 million gift.   Walsh Brothers, Incorporated served as the construction manager for the challenging project built in the midst of the Longwood Medical Area (LMA).  The facility is the result of a true collaboration between the Family Patient Advisory Council (FPAC), designers, DFCI stakeholders and staff, consultants, and Walsh Brothers. The project features an interfaith chapel, welcome center, centralized reception area, phlebotomy lab, servery, kitchen, pharmacy, 139 private and open infusion bays, 104 exam rooms, ­­­­­­­17 consult rooms, family and patient information center, 12,000 SF of roof-top gardens, 2-story interior healing garden and solarium, art gallery, physician’s offices, and connecting bridges to five floors of DFCI’s adjacent Smith research facility. Upholding the institution’s strategic focus on placing equal emphasis on research and patient care, this “model cancer center” creates a collaborative environment that more rapidly converts new discoveries into practical benefits for patients. Nearly every patient floor of the new building flows directly into adjacent floors in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Research Laboratories; this building connection actively promotes interaction and teamwork across disciplines and the need for expediency with “bench to bed” care delivery. 


The new project increases DFCI’s LMA campus presence by 30% and allows for significantly expanded and long-awaited patient and family services.  The project is pursuing LEED Silver.  In addition, the project earned an EPA Merit Award for a comprehensive and successful diesel emissions program that was put in place by the Walsh Brothers team.


The project team was confronted with a host of complex challenges throughout the 40 month construction duration.   Some of the challenges included working within the confines of a zero lot line site in the heart of the LMA as well as the site’s immediate proximity to Massachusetts Total Energy Plant (MATEP) which required a sophisticated vibration isolation foundation system to ensure that the vibration from the plant would not be transferred to the patients within the new facility.  Despite having to install this customized foundation system the project was completed on time and under budget with an exemplary safety record  Maria Papola, DFCI Vice President of Facilities Management and Real Estate, echoed this sentiment noting, “Team work between the Construction Manager, Owner, Architect and Subcontractors during all phases of design and construction was a key element to the success of the project. Walsh Brothers effectively facilitated this teamwork, exercising leadership to ensure success.”  Dana-Farber has proudly opened its doors to what will be a landmark facility in cancer care serving patients throughout New England region.


Walsh Brothers is a fourth-generation, family owned construction management firm headquartered in Boston. The firm, founded in 1901, has extensive experience in the healthcare and institutional markets and has worked with many of the most prestigious healthcare providers in the region. For more information on this project and our portfolio of work, please visit www.walshbrothers.com.

Photo Credit: Sam Ogden/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute