Upcoming Events

"What's Next?" - first in a series of panel discussions. In 2016, the MBC will focus on various market sections in the design and construction industry including healthcare, housing, higher education, and technology.

What's Next? Healthcare in Transition

Thursday, February 11, 2016
MBC Breakfast Program  

What's Next? - Healthcare in Transition

Join us to hear a panel of hospital executives in a discussion of regional and national issues facing the delivery of healthcare.

Moderator: Ellen Belknap, AIA, President, SMRT Architects and Engineers

Panelists: Walter Armstrong, SVP, Capital Facilities and Engineering,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Robby Robertson, VP Real Estate, Lahey Health, and Facilities & Real Estate for Winchester Hospital
John Messervy, AIA, Corporate Director of Design and Construction, Partners HealthCare, Inc.

more to be added....

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Westin Waterfront Hotel 
425 Summer Street 
Boston, MA 02110



$90.00 Members, $125.00 Non-members

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Ellen L. Belknap, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP
President, SMRT Architects and Engineers

SMRT Architects and Engineers is a full service firm designing healthcare, science/technology/industry, education, justice and government facilities. Ellen's knowledge of healthcare policy and industry trends positions her as an integral member of her clients' business teams. Her passion for improving the delivery of healthcare using design to develop healing environments that are operationally sound and enhance care delivery while supporting patients, families and staff was ignited early in her career.   She is committed to working with clients to anticipate future state care models encouraging them to innovate and position their organizations for success.  Ellen is known for her collaborative leadership skills, and has led a variety of healthcare projects, including the largest integrated project delivery (IPD) hospital in the Northeast, MaineGeneral Medical Center.  Ellen is often invited to speak nationally on healthcare delivery and design. She is a regent of the American College of Healthcare Architects and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Ellen earned her Masters of Architecture at Columbia University and her undergraduate degree at Cornell University. 


Walter Armstrong
Senior Vice President, Capital Facilities and Engineering, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mr. Armstrong serves currently as Senior Vice President for Capital Facilities and Engineering at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), one of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Armstrong is responsible for master facilities planning, space planning, design and construction of new and renovated facilities, engineering of plant and building systems, maintenance, security, environmental health and safety, environmental sustainability initiatives, and real estate. His responsibilities span across two main campuses, encompassing 2.8 million square feet of building space plus a number of geographically dispersed satellite facilities.

Prior to joining BIDMC, Mr. Armstrong served for eight years as Senior Vice President at CDM, a global environmental engineering and construction firm, where he headed the firm’s program management practice. From 1986-99, Mr. Armstrong’s career was dedicated to the cleanup of Boston Harbor, recognized as among the nation’s most polluted water bodies. Mr. Armstrong served progressively as the Deputy Director for Program Controls and the Deputy Director for Engineering before assuming lead responsibility for the project in 1992.

For his contributions to the Boston Harbor Project, the Engineering News Record named Mr. Armstrong as one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers” in 1996. The project itself was the recipient of 26 industry awards, including being named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the top 40 civil engineering projects of the last 150 years, a distinction shared by renowned projects such as the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the New York City subway system.  

Prior to moving to Boston in 1986, Mr. Armstrong spent the early part of his career working on public infrastructure projects in New York City. 

Mr. Armstrong received a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1977. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Boston College, awarded in 1973.

Robby Robertson
Vice President, Real Estate for Lahey Health and Facilities and Real Estate for Winchester Hospital, Safety Officer

Robby Robertson was named Vice President of Facilities & Real Estate for Lahey Health in 2014, in this role he provides vision and oversight for the facilities teams of a multi hospital system. Prior to Lahey, he served as Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate Services for Winchester Hospital since 2009.  Since joining Winchester Hospital in 1995, he has strategically aligned program growth by quintupling the organization’s physical capacity for the expansion of primary care areas as well as relocation of outpatient services to several key off -sites. Robby is a member of the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce, National Fire Protection Association, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and New England Healthcare Engineers Society, Boston Chapter of Engineers. Education; University of Michigan Advanced Business Management Certification, Harvard Graduate School of Design Certificate, Simmons College , Masters Healthcare Administration.

John Messervy, AIA
Corporate Director of Design and Construction, Partners HealthCare, Inc.

John Messervy, AIA is an architect and the Corporate Director of Design and Construction for Partners HealthCare Inc., Boston, an 11-hospital network serving eastern Massachusetts and the primary teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School.  John is responsible for Partner’s multi-year facility planning program and their large-scale construction projects totaling more than $2.5 billion over the past 10 years. Presently John is leading the project team developing a new 850,000sf office building in Assembly Row, Somerville, and previously led the team that developed the first purpose-built climate resilient hospital in the US, the LEED Gold Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, located on Boston Harbor and opened in 2013.

For the past year John has chaired a working group within Partners to identify the potential impact on facilities and clinical and research operations of extreme weather events.  A consulting team is providing projections of risk and vulnerability through 2070 for 30 clinical and research facility sites in Massachusetts.  

Given the public health challenges posed by climate change, healthcare is becoming an increasingly vocal proponent of mitigation, adaptation and resiliency strategies. Partners is one of seven founding hospital systems of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and John serves as chair of the Steering Committee.  In its first three years 1200 hospitals have joined HHI and committed to one or more of six challenges aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of healthcare. 

Through last year Partners has reduced its energy consumption by 17% since 2009 and has reduced its dependence on carbon fuel sources to 47%.  John has hosted workshops for hospital management on energy reduction initiatives, cogeneration and renewables and has testified before the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council on opportunities for reducing energy consumption in healthcare.

John graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Masters degrees in Architecture and City Planning. 

March 17, 2016
Breakfast Program
Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Jay Ash
Secretary Ash is a dynamic speaker who will address the transformative development plans of the Baker administration. He will discuss Gateway Cities, job creation and plans for expedited permitting.