Campus Classrooms, Centers, and Labs
The MGH Institute campus comprises parts of seven buildings in and around the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston – see interactive map of the campus and Charlestown Navy Yard.
The Catherine Filene Shouse Building
The Catherine Filene Shouse (Shouse) Building at 36 1st Avenue is the graduate school's main building which houses many of our classrooms, labs, and departmental offices. The departmental offices for the School of Nursing, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and its departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies are all in the Shouse Building. The offices of Information Technology and Campus Services are also located there, on the fourth floor. Read about the history of the Shouse Building.
The Institute's skills assessment labs, simulation labs, and physical assessment lab provide simulated hospital environments for students developing their clinical skills. Read more about clinical education at the Institute.
The Shouse Simulation Lab contains two acute-care rooms, a control/observation room, and an office (Room 108D) for the Institute's simulation education specialist.
The school has six interactive simulation manikins, including a birthing manikin, a pediatric manikin, and a 3G SimMan to help students learn to treat a wide variety of symptoms and health situations. Vital Sign simulators now have touch panels installed replacing the original handheld remote controls.
The labs, located on the main and third floors of the Institute's main academic building, are well-lit pleasant areas where students spend much of their time learning basic skills.
Buildings 34 and 39
Across the street from the Shouse Building in Building 34 are a number of departments and offices. The Office of Enrollment Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar and Bursar) is on the ground floor.
The Office of Student and Alumni Services, the Executive Administrative offices – including the Offices of the President, the Provost, Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Development, and Strategic Communications – along with the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation are on the second and third floors of Building 34.
Down one block in Building 39, on the ground floor, are departmental offices for faculty.
Two Constitution Center (2CC)
Student lounge at 2CC
In 2012 the Institute expanded by 21,000 square feet taking over the top floor of 2 Constitution Center, just outside the Navy Yard and directly overlooking the USS Constitution, more commonly known as “Old Ironsides.” The addition includes new and expanded rehabilitation labs, a 102-seat active-learning classroom with state-of-the-art technology, the OT Center/Functional Living Lab, and a student lounge and study area.
In fall of 2017 the new IMPACT Practice Center opened in 2CC, encompassing all of our centers that provide pro-bono services to our local communities. There is a stairway that connects the ground floor center with the OT Center on the 2nd floor.
- Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion
- Speech, Language and Literacy Center
- Aphasia Center
OT Center/Functional Living Lab
In fall 2014 the Occupational Therapy Center/Functional Living Lab opened in 2CC. The center is an active-learning area which includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. It allows students in the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program to seamlessly move from the classroom and immediately put into practice what they learned without leaving the lab. These instructional spaces are designed to replicate a typical home and not be fully ADA compliant.
The home-like environment has a cutting-edge-technology video capture process that enables students to view and review activities that happen in spaces where they are not having direct contact with a client. Each student also has an opportunity to try things out for themselves in the center. It’s a much better way for students to learn and not worry about making a mistake.
The OT Center is an interprofessional lab where students from all our entry-level programs will practice together in team-based learning.
The center also serves as our onsite Occupational Therapy Center for Learning, Participation, and Rehabilitation (OT CLPR) where occupational therapy students, mentored by expert faculty, learn to assess, intervene, and provide specialty services at no cost to assist clients of all ages in developing, preserving, or restoring health and independence. See the virtual tour of the OT Center.
2CC Classroom 217, with 24 seats, in the same area of the center has also been added. This classroom has sliding glass doors on the common wall with the center's kitchen.
Building 38 Janis P. Bellack Library & Study Commons
The Janis P. Bellack Library & Study Commons, which opened in June 2015, is located on the entire top floor of Building 38 – one street away from the school's Catherine Filene Shouse main academic building on 1st Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Commons has 9,000 square feet where students can study and learn in an interprofessional environment.
The Library features a room for quiet study and a collaborative space for group learning. The library collection includes access to thousands of electronic journals and books and a community health collection that includes anatomical models and patient education materials. Institute librarians are on hand to help students access the electronic collection of the Treadwell Library at Massachusetts General Hospital. See virtual tour of the Library & Study Commons.
One Constitution Center (OCC) and Building 79/96
In 2013, the school expanded into two new buildings, giving it a total of 130,000 square feet in seven buildings. The expansion includes offices on the ground floor of One Constitution Center for the Department of Physical Therapy, and 14,000 square feet in the new Center for Health & Rehabilitation Research in Building 79/96 to accommodate faculty researchers who are leading the Institute’s growing focus on research, with research funding surpassing the $6 million for the first time in its history.
The current Institute Research Labs are the:
- BEAM Team
- Cognitive Neuroscience Group
- Fatigue-Related Symptom Lab
- Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab
- Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab
- Brain Recovery Lab