Wagdy Anis Symposium
Resilience is the ability to recover from or adapt to misfortune or change. In times of extreme weather events and their aftermath, we expect healthcare facilities to be resilient, so they can house and treat vulnerable populations. A case study of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Boston’s Waterfront will be presented, to illustrate a project where symbiotic sustainable and resilient strategies have been implemented. The panel will explore features of the building designed to ensure that spaces are thermally and visually comfortable in both summer and winter conditions, even during power loss. For the past 6 years since the building opened, the thermally efficient building enclosure and integral daylighting have helped to increase functionality and reduce vulnerability during storm surges and flooding, while saving energy and providing a more comfortable patient environment.