The VCU Health PSR Operating Room project was a 85,000-sq.-ft. renovation and expansion project that provides state-of-the-art perioperative services to the existing hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University. The new department included a post-anesthesia care unit, 18 operating rooms (ORs), an inter-operative MRI suite suite, hybrid OR, and support spaces. The project also included an extension to the fifth-floor waiting room, directly above the patient drop-off area.

Broken up into multiple phases, completion was in early 2018. Throughout the project's duration within the occupied hospital, the 14 existing ORs remained functional. For this reason, DPR portioned the floor into two phased sequences, the Gateway phasing and Main Hospital phasing, which occurred simultaneously. The team 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 continued 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.) co-located an off-site big room environment for streamlined collaboration. Team members continued to worked around the clock, including nights and weekends, to minimize disruptions to the hospital's ongoing operations.

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This project is pursuing LEED CI v2009 Silver certification.


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