Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts / United States of America

The 132-bed, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital improves the quality of life for persons recovering from or learning to live with illness, injury, or disability.

Located on a waterfront site in the former naval yard of Boston, the building provides indoor-outdoor rehabilitative services that take advantage of daylight, views, and waterside spaces to reinforce the mission of the hospital. Outdoor patient spaces include a therapy trail along the water's edge, and a third-floor patient terrace extending off the therapy gym. Indoor spaces address the social, spiritual, and physical needs of the patients and staff, with the ground floor providing a strong connection to the community. Therapy gyms and a natatorium are located at the end of the three-story base, with a five-story bed tower above housing multi-purpose rooms and gathering spaces.

Clad in horizontal bands of metal and glass that recall the nautical infrastructure of its surroundings, one of the more innovative and sustainable aspects of the LEED Gold Certified structure is its resilience to severe weather and climate change addressed through a raised ground floor (above flood level), a redesigned base to make sandbagging more effective, and a penthouse housing critical equipment (as opposed to on the ground floor).

Architect of Record

Perkins + Will


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital / Partners HealthCare

General Contractor

Walsh Brothers Incorporated


  • Thompson Consultants Inc
  • McNamara/Salvia Inc.
  • VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc