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Work begins next month on parking deck. Patient tower work begins 2012.

Norfolk, VA (November 2011)  – Work begins next month on a multi-phase three-year project to build a new Sentara Leigh Hospital on the site of the current one. Two five-story patient towers will eventually replace three 1970s-era wings at the hospital on Kempsville Road in Norfolk.

Rendering of newly designed
Sentara Leigh Hospital lobby.

“We are rebuilding Sentara Leigh Hospital for the next 30 years,” says hospital president Terrie L. Edwards. “The new patient towers will complete a campus redevelopment plan that began in 2007.”

The earlier phases of the project expanded and modernized the emergency department and renovated operating rooms and other infrastructure.

The project was designed by HDR Architects with input from hospital staff and physicians and community volunteers. Whiting-Turner will serve as general contractor. The triangle-shaped patient towers will anchor the south end of the Sentara Leigh campus on either side of a large garden space.

A new staff parking deck on the eastern edge of the property will be the first structure built, with groundbreaking for the first patient tower scheduled in March of 2012.

“The new design will provide state-of-the-art care to patients around the region,” said Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim, “and I am thrilled to see Sentara Leigh Hospital continue to thrive in the City of Norfolk.”

The patient towers will be of similar design and layout to those at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, which was also designed by HDR and built by Whiting-Turner. They’ll be integrated into the existing hospital infrastructure and a new two-story atrium entrance in roughly the same location as the current lobby.

Aerial view of the new Sentara Leigh Hospital

Aerial rendering of the two
five-story bed towers that will
eventually replace three 1970s-era
wings at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

The new towers will feature state-of-the-art patient rooms with private bathrooms, no-step showers and overnight accommodations for families. In a hallmark of modern hospital design, separate corridors will be designated for visitors and patients. Patients being transported in beds will no longer pass visitors walking in the halls.

“The challenge of this project is maintaining excellent patient care during phased construction,” says Terrie Edwards. “We have to complete the new patient towers and demolish the old wings in phases to ensure uninterrupted patient care.”

The project also includes a 48-bed orthopedic and rehabilitation center on the first floor that will employ part of the outside garden space for walking exercises on different grades and surfaces, making it a true ‘healing garden.’

Visitor parking will remain largely unaffected during construction, though there may be temporary changes in entrance doors and walking patterns as construction progresses.

Around Thanksgiving, hospital staff will begin parking off-site on the former Roughton Pontiac property and be shuttled to and from work until the staff parking deck is finished.

 Front entrance of newly designed Sentara Leigh Hospital

 Rendering of front entrance of the
newly designed Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Related Links:
Sentara Leigh Hospital
HDR Architects

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