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Guest commentary: Architectural review of VCU Health’s Adult Outpatient Pavilion

02.15.22 | Category:

In December 2021, VCU Health’s Adult Outpatient Pavilion, opened its doors at 1001 E. Leigh St. in Navy Hill.

The 17-story, clear glass-clad structure was designed by Omaha-based HDR, one of the nation’s largest architecture and design firms and Hourigan was the contractor. At 615,000 square feet, the Pavilion is the largest structure at VCU Health.

The Pavilion feels more like an elegant contemporary hotel than an institution. There are also striking photo murals in strategic traffic areas, such as elevator lobbies, which feature natural scenes. And a plethora of some 1,000 original and worthy artworks hang in public spaces as well as in examining rooms.

If the VCU Health Outpatient Adult Pavilion was designed to deliver a soothing patient experience, it succeeds. It also adds a bonafide skyscraper, Richmond scale, on the edge of Navy Hill, perhaps a harbinger of better design to come to this architecturally fractured part of town.

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Guest commentary: Architectural review of VCU Health’s Adult Outpatient Pavilion

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