Backfill in motion
Date: November 14, 2011
As complicated as it was to create a comprehensive plan for the new clinical buildings, devising a strategy to use the vacant space in the historic buildings of The Johns Hopkins Hospital has proven even more challenging.
At an open forum in September, Michael Iati, the health system’s senior director of architecture and planning, likened the project’s complexity to a sprawling game of musical chairs. He outlined a “backfill” plan for the former Children’s Center, inpatient units on Meyer, Halsted/Osler, seven ORs and eight OR support areas and other ancillary areas. Complicated elements addressed by the plan include renovation of units that are not moving to the new clinical buildings and vacated space that has not yet been reserved for specific use.
Once the Children’s Center moves, its former home will be known as “CMSC” and repurposed according to a timeline that hinges on a pending decision on whether to first make building improvements.
Adding to Iati and his team’s challenge is a demand for vacated space that far exceeds the 360,000 square feet that is available. Iati says his office has so far received requests from across the hospital for nearly 500,000 square feet of clinical, office and research space. Requests for space have been compiled and will be considered according to recommendations submitted by Facilities to the Johns Hopkins Medicine space committee, Iati says. The committee will have final say on space allocation in the backfill plan.
In the next two years, Nelson inpatient units 3 through 8 in the Department of Medicine will relocate to make way for a state-of-the art renovation. In the interim, Nelson units 3 and 4 will temporarily move into vacated Meyer units 7 and 8. Other Department of Medicine inpatient units will be accommodated in Halsted/Osler. Once renovation is complete, Meyer units 8 and 9, and all Halsted/Osler patient units, with the exception of units 2 and 3, will be vacated.
Plans are to renovate the Meyer 7, 8 and 9 inpatient units for Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Medicine and palliative care, respectively.
Elsewhere, surgery beds will move from Weinberg 4 to Marburg 2 to free up oncology beds. The former adult and pediatric emergency departments will be renovated to house community clinics and infusion programs. Other moves in Phipps, Meyer and other buildings will occur while renovations continue.
The simulation center in the Outpatient Center will be expanded and relocated to space in Blalock and CMSC. Carnegie will be demolished before 2020. Brady may be demolished as well, once remaining occupants are relocated. In general, backfilled spaces will mostly house faculty and administrative offices as well as clinics. A small amount of space will be devoted to research.