By Greg Bordonaro
Hartford Hospital, whose parent company CEO recently hinted at a significant multimillion-dollar expansion, is planning to erect a new building on its sprawling South Green neighborhood campus, city records show.
Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved the hospital’s plan to build a 49,550-square-foot addition to the north façade of its existing Bliss Building at 80 Seymour St.
The hospital is sharing few details about the planned expansion, but a brief project outline filed with the Planning and Zoning Commission says the five-story building will house “clinical functions to support the existing Bliss Building,” which is accessible from Hartford Hospital’s main entrance and provides access to its intensive-care unit and other services.
The building will support high-tech functions, including advanced MRI imaging and clinical studies.
West Hartford’s MBH Architecture LLC is listed as project architect and Cheshire’s Milone & MacBroom is the civil engineer.
“The commission was pleased to unanimously approve this project,” said Sara Bronin, chair of Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “It will help position Hartford Hospital as a center for advanced clinical services and will enhance its capacity to provide excellent health care to people in our region.”
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Bronin said minimal conditions were placed on the project, but one included that 30 percent of the building have a green roof, so patients from neighboring buildings can see some greenery.
It’s unknown how much the project will cost, but newly appointed Hartford HealthCare CEO Jeff Flaks told Hartford Business Journal in August that a “multimillion-dollar construction project” will be announced this fall that will expand Hartford Hospital’s intensive-care capabilities and add more private rooms.
“It’s going to be a substantial project,” Flaks said in an August interview, adding it was too early to share further details.
Hartford Hospital has gradually expanded its campus over the years, including the late 2016 opening of its $150 million Bone & Joint Institute. The latest planned construction project will not be close in size or stature to that development.
Flaks also said in August HHC will announce a 15,000-square-foot lease somewhere in downtown Hartford later this year to house its supply-chain division.
That will add to the system’s growing presence downtown. HHC moved its corporate offices to One State Street in 2011. Earlier this year, it announced a healthcare technology accelerator program that will launch in November at Constitution Plaza.
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