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Brigham & Women's Hospital Cafeteria Renovation

Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Project Name

Brigham & Women's Hospital Cafeteria Renovation


75 Francis Street


Year Completed



14,900 sq. feet


BWH/Partners HealthCare


  • Daniel Raih, AIA, LEED AP
  • Robert Simmons, AIA, LEED AP
  • Tracy Marquis, AIA, LEED AP
  • Lisa Boettger, RA


  • Other: Colburn & Guyette
  • Landscape Architect: KMDG
  • Mechanical Engineer: BR+A
  • Structural Engineer: McNamara Salvia
  • Lighting Designer: Lewis Lighting
  • Civil Engineer: VHB
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Gale & Associates



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Project Description

The Brigham & Women’s Hospital Cafeteria is located on the second floor of a 1970s Bertrand Goldberg clover-shaped tower, directly off of “the Pike,” the hospital’s main circulation spine. The existing north-facing space has low ceilings, limited daylight and views to a service street. Construction is underway on the renovation of 13,500 sf and addition of 1,400 sf to the space. The renovation/addition constitutes the joining of the two north pods of the clover through an addition, replacing the exterior building skin at this floor, and a complete gut renovation of the cafeteria. This will greatly improve the interior environment and customer experience in the cafeteria with more generous seating, enhanced views to the exterior, natural light, and the introduction of large planting beds. These planting beds, increased views and natural light are part of a campus-wide initiative to bring a stronger presence of nature to patients, visitors and hospital staff. On the exterior, the new glass addition will make a more visible amenity on Shattuck Street, bringing indoor activity into view and replacing a considerable amount of blank precast panels with glazing, visible dining activity, views in and out, and the addition of planting beds. Along with the renovation of the space, the hospital and food service operator are undertaking a renovation of the menu and services to provide patients, staff and visitors with a healthy dining option that supports the mission of the hospital…to improve people’s health.
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