Contact: Mary Leach
Boston, MA (Oct. 27, 2011) – Mayor Thomas M. Menino, John Fernandez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Mass. Eye and Ear), Bruce A. Beal, Chairman of The Beal Companies, and Robert Beal, President of The Beal Companies, today celebrated the commencement of construction of Mass. Eye and Ear’s new facility in the Longwood area in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. In addition to outpatient clinics and surgical facilities operated by Mass. Eye and Ear, the new building will include a café, retail stores and garaged parking.
"Building this state-of-the-art facility will create another 125 construction jobs, and 70 permanent jobs in this key industry. Boston's hospitals and medical institutions are the backbone of our economy, and I excited they are thriving and expanding in our city," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
The property is owned and being developed by The Beal Companies and involves the renovation and expansion of an existing building located at 800 Huntington Avenue. The final building will be approximately 90,000 square feet and contain approximately 150 parking spaces.
“This new facility will allow us to meet the growing demand for the specialized services we provide,” said John Fernandez, President and CEO of Mass. Eye and Ear. “The proximity to so many hospitals in the Longwood area and to our teaching and research partner Harvard Medical School will allow more opportunities for collaboration in patient care and clinical research initiatives.”
“We are proud of our continuing role of working with Boston’s important medical institutions to expand access to their life changing services and programs into Boston’s neighborhoods” said Robert L. Beal, President of The Beal Companies, the owner and developer of the project. “This new facility will not only allow patients to receive care where they live but will bring jobs and economic activity to the area.”
See a video about the groundbreaking.
The project development team includes Tsoi/Kobus & Associates as the project architect and Suffolk Construction as the construction manager.
About Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Founded in 1824, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School. Under the direction of Mass. Eye and Ear’s board of directors, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Schepens Eye Research Institute recently formed the world’s largest and most robust private basic and clinical ophthalmology research enterprise. The hospital is also home to the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, a multi-disciplinary group of 24 investigators within 11 research units dedicated to the study of hearing and deafness. For more information, call 617-523-7900 or visit http://www.masseyeandear.org/.
About The Beal Companies
The Beal Companies, LLP is a full service real estate firm which owns and manages over 3.5 million square feet of real estate in the Greater Boston area. Since 1888, The Beal Companies has established an enviable reputation as a leader in owning, developing, managing and leasing commercial properties, including particular expertise in medical office, surgical, and life science facilities for both institutional and non-institutional uses. Beal acts as a principal and invests in real estate on its own behalf, and on behalf of institutional and individual partners. Additional information on The Beal Companies can be found at www.bealco.com.