This 85,000-sq.-ft. renovation and expansion project will provide state-of-the-art perioperative services to the existing hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University. The new department will include a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), 18 operating rooms (ORs), an inter-operative MRI suite (iMRI) suite, hybrid OR, and support spaces. The project also includes an extension to the fifth-floor waiting room, directly above the patient drop-off area.
Broken up into multiple phases, completion is expected in early 2018. Throughout the project's duration within the occupied hospital, the 14 existing ORs must remain functional. For this reason, DPR has portioned the floor into two phased sequences, the Gateway phasing and Main Hospital phasing, which will occur simultaneously. The team will split the renovation on the Gateway Hospital's fifth floor into six phases and the renovation on the Main Hospital's fifth floor into 16 phases. This phasing pattern will remain throughout the three-year construction duration.
In addition to the constraints within the facility, the VCU Medical Center is located in the heart of downtown, surrounded on all sides by active medical facilities on the VCU Health System campus, busy and tight city streets, and populated sidewalks. The project team (DPR, HKS, subcontractors, etc.) has co-located in an off-site big room environment for streamlined collaboration. Team members are working around the clock, including nights and weekends, to minimize disruptions to the hospital's ongoing operations.
This project is pursuing LEED CI v2009 Silver certification.