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Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Critical Care Hospital

We provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design for the new 367,792 sf facility. The hospital has 15 levels that house 232 adult patient beds, increasing the VCU Medical Center’s ratio of private to semi-private beds from 37 percent to 70 percent.

Bullet New 15-level facility
Bullet Increased capacity

The Critical Care Hospital features new operating rooms, expanded emergency care, conference space, access to visitor parking and improved patient rooms. The patient rooms have an average of 250 sf, including a comfortable sitting area for the patient’s family.

The facility expands the VCU Medical Center’s capacity with new intensive care units for surgical trauma, neonatal, cardiac, neuroscience, medical respiratory and burn center patients.

Chilled water, steam, domestic water, and medical gasses were extended to the expansion via campus-wide utility distribution systems. The new building serves as an integral connector for all campus utilities. Our firm replaced and expanded the chilled water, domestic water, and medical gas, and reconfigured the emergency power system for the campus. This campus site exceeds 1.5 million sf.

The emergency power system comes from a seven mega-watt medium voltage emergency generator plant. The emergency power is then stepped down to a 480Y/277V distribution system inside the building via unit substations. Redundancy is built into the distribution to avoid a severed feeder taking down the building’s emergency power source.

In 2012, we received the Vista Award for New Construction for the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Critical Care Hospital project. This prestigious award recognizes the importance of teamwork in healthcare construction projects.