VCU Health North Hospital Behavioral Health Renovation

VCU Health North Hospital Behavioral Health Renovation | Richmond, VA

DPR Construction completed the renovation of the third and fourth floors of the Virginia Commonwealth University North Hospital. The renovation work was completed in an active in-patient behavior health facility.



The goal of this project was to build new Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) & Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) suites for Virginia Commonwealth University Health (VCUH) to utilize their new TMS Therapy equipment and provide a better patient experience during ECT & TMS procedures. The ECT suite included a new Air Handling Unit (AHU) to provide humidity-controlled air for the procedure room.

Additionally, a new nurse's station was built on the fourth floor to consolidate personnel and help to better oversee patients. The project also included construction of new ADA-compliant patient rooms as well as space for consultations, therapy sessions and other behavioral health needs.


VDC Tools

The team anticipated a few challenges associated with coordinating the installation of the above-ceiling items in an area that had a floor to deck height of 10"6'. To ensure success, the team used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to coordinate the overhead MEP items in the ECT suite prior to construction. DPR performed laser scanning services above the ceiling area to accurately model the existing conditions.


Patient Care

To ensure that patient care was not impacted by construction, DPR installed impact-resistant temporary containment walls. These walls featured self-locking keypad locksets. The wall successfully kept all construction activities separate from patient spaces.

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