VCU Adult Ambulatory Care Facility


Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy


Construction Cost
$300 million

Project Size
560,000 SF

VCU Adult Ambulatory Care Facility


Walter P Moore was selected to provide structural engineering, enclosure engineering, parking and traffic consulting for a new 560,000 square foot Adult Ambulatory Tower and a 1,200 car parking structure for Virginia Commonwealth University in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The new tower will house clinics, Massey Cancer services, imaging, and associated operations and support. There will provision for the building structure to accommodate a 140k square foot vertical expansion.

Structural systems for healthcare facilities must balance construction speed and economy with flexibility to accommodate current planning but also future changes. This requires early thinking about sensitive equipment requiring provisions for vibration, shielding, and heavy loads, column grids coordinated with clinical module along with parking drive aisles, and beam sizes and locations coordinated with MEP systems. Based on these key drivers, the lower below grade levels are anticipated to be a formed cast-in-place concrete beam and slab system with shearwalls. The upper levels will be steel framed composite construction with braced frames.

To enhance patient and staff experience, the enclosure of the tower utilizes a heavily glazed, custom-designed window-wall system designed with a sawtooth profile and utilizing high-performance insulated glazing. The garage enclosure utilizes a custom screening system consisting of an inner layer of metal mesh and an outer layer of timber members to create a “reed” – like appearance.