Shattuck campus planning overview

Learn about the background, project overview, goals, scope, and deliverables.


The Lemuel Shattuck Hospital located in Jamaica Plain, is operated by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and serves as a critical safety net hospital providing medical treatment to many of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations. The three buildings on the campus were built in the 1950s and have extensive physical plant deficiencies. The Main Hospital building, which provides inpatient and outpatient medical treatment for DPH, the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Department of Correction (DOC), has physical characteristics that make it cost prohibitive to renovate for continued use. The Personnel Building was recently demolished, and the Service Building houses not only the campus heating plant, but also human service vendor-operated 24/7 hour shelter beds.

Since the time when these structures were built, medical treatment delivery has significantly evolved. As a result, the Commonwealth is relocating the majority of existing medical hospital services, including 260 inpatient beds and certain outpatient services to a new and improved location in 2021. Following this, the site will be substantially underutilized. The Commonwealth is committed to engaging in a comprehensive planning process to identify the potential future uses of the Campus.  This process will take into account the historic purpose of the property, the ongoing use of the property once the state operated medical services are relocated as well as anticipated future needs. In addition, consideration will be given to the City of Boston’s long range planning efforts including the establishment of a recovery campus on Long Island and how the new use at the Shattuck Campus may complement such efforts. The overall planning process will consider how the moved services will impact the specific neighborhood they are being located in and consider how to provide some remedy to the community in this new effort.

Project Overview and Goals

This request for proposals is seeking a qualified and experienced consultant to establish and facilitate a planning process to assist the Commonwealth in developing a recommendation for the future use of the 13 acre Shattuck Campus (Campus) in Jamaica Plain. The project will be led by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the City of Boston, and other parties as determined necessary.  It is important that the process and recommendations reflect the following values and interests of the Commonwealth:

  • The planning process must ensure effective strategies for convening interested members of the public and incorporating their perspectives into the recommendations.
  • The recommendations must be consistent with the statutory land use restrictions which require the Campus be used for public health purposes. 
  • The planning and recommendations must account for the City of Boston’s related planning efforts and initiatives to ensure alignment and minimize duplication.
  • The planning and recommendations must account for, and be consistent with, the planned development of low threshold housing on a portion (2 acres) of the Campus.
  • The planning and recommendations must recognize not only the public health needs of today, but also anticipated needs of tomorrow; accounting for the potentially changing needs and populations. 
  • The recommended future use of the Campus should provide benefits to the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth as a whole. The recommendations should consider options to mitigate the public health and economic problems that disparately impact certain neighborhoods such as the South End today, and ensure that the benefits of the future use accrue equitably to all impacted neighborhoods.
  • The planning and recommendations must  recognize the role of the current vendor programs and services that exist on the Campus today; and consider future uses that would allow for the continuation of these programs and services in a way that is financially feasible for both the Commonwealth and the vendor organizations.
  • The recommended future use of the Campus must be one that is sustainable in the fullest sense of the term – economic, social, and environmental.

Project Scope

  • Regular meetings and consultation with the Steering Committee to develop and implement the planning process, and develop recommendations.
  • Convening and facilitating public meetings; documenting and compiling public input.
  • Review DCAMM documents and prior studies related to the Shattuck Campus.
  • Document the existing site conditions: high level building assessment, connectivity to neighborhoods, access to transit, topography, utilities, environmental considerations (including resiliency), and key opportunities and challenges.
  • Review of public health needs and existing services both in the City of Boston and in the Commonwealth to inform the recommendations.
  • Review of public-private partnership models that include public health services, behavioral health services, or other human services, and established best practices.
  • Consultation with the existing vendor programs to understand their current service delivery, financial needs and other operational needs.
  • Testing the financial feasibility of proposed recommendations to understand the economic viability.
  • Drafting both the preliminary and final recommendations; outlining short-term and long-term implementation plans and project costs.


  • In consultation with the Steering Committee, develop and document a 12-month planning process that includes meaningful opportunity for public engagement.
  • Prepare summary document with findings from the review of public health needs and existing services in the City of Boston and the Commonwealth.
  • Prepare summary document with findings from the review of relevant public-private partnership models and best practices; including a preliminary list of project partners from both the public and private sectors.
  • Within 6 months, develop preliminary recommendations for the future use of the Campus, including preliminary financial models and estimates of project costs.
  • As part of above, create campus site plans, illustrating existing conditions, site analysis, and documenting neighborhood access, opportunities and potential challenges
  • Within 12 months, prepare final recommendations for the future use of the Campus, to include short-term and long-term implementation plans, project costs, and financial models.


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