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DPR Begins Construction on Highly Anticipated Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Renovation

DPR Construction (DPR), one of the nation’s leading technical builders focused on highly complex and sustainable projects, celebrated the groundbreaking of the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital (RWRH) expansion and renovation project. Construction is expected to be completed and the hospital will be open to the public in the third quarter of 2018.

“We are embarking on the largest renovation in the history of Walter Reed Hospital,” said Dr. Richard Crowder, chairman of the Riverside Walter Reed Board of Directors. “Patients will be rewarded with a state-of-the-art facility with which we can better care for the citizens of the Middle Peninsula.”

The RWRH project will consist of a new two-story, 54,000-sq.-ft. surgical center with four new operating rooms, two procedure rooms, a pharmacy, pre- and post-operative care, 36 new patient rooms and a new hospital entrance and lobby. The existing emergency department will expand from 6,000 to 16,000 sq. ft., creating room for seven more beds, a new waiting and lobby area, relocation of existing departments, registration and administration suites.

Providing construction management services, DPR is looking forward to mirroring the mission of its client and improving the health of Central Virginia communities by building a space where RWRH can effectively deliver high-quality healthcare.

“For us, it’s not just about the project, it’s about the community,” said Greg Haldeman, a member of DPR’s Management Committee focused on expanding DPR’s Northeast operations. “DPR will do everything we can to make sure the construction of the expansion creates the least amount of impact and disruption possible for the patients of RWRH. Everything that’s available today will remain available throughout the project,” Haldeman said.

Construction and renovation on the facility began this month and will continue in phases until the scheduled completion in 2018. The facility was designed by CallisonRTKL and engineered by Leach Wallace Associates.

The team breaks ground at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, which is scheduled for completion in 2018. Courtesy of Diane Rossini
The team breaks ground at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, which is scheduled for completion in 2018. Courtesy of Diane Rossini

About DPR Construction DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a great story of entrepreneurial success. DPR was ranked the No. 1 Largest Healthcare Builder in 2016 by Modern Healthcare magazine and ranked on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for five consecutive years. For more information, visit

About Riverside Foundation The Riverside Foundation was created in 1999 by Riverside Health System to share in its mission: to care for others as we would care for those we love. Through the many Riverside gift destinations, families, patients, team members and thoughtful members of the community can give hope, health and well-being to the patients and families we serve, allowing us to focus beyond the basics of care. To join us in our mission, visit us online at Riverside Health System is a 501(c)(3) organization.