Gresham Smith to Design Expansion at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

November 8, 2021

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that the firm has been selected by Bon Secours to provide architecture, interior design and wayfinding design services for a $119 million expansion at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Virginia. The additional two floors on the existing patient tower will add 55 acute care beds, expanding inpatient services for the growing Richmond suburb.

“We are excited to support the Richmond area and its growth by expanding inpatient care for the Midlothian community,” said Pat Burke, AIA, EDAC, Senior Vice President at Gresham Smith. “Our goal is to create a space that optimizes the patient and staff experience while also providing flexibility for the future as patient demands and technologies evolve. Our work on the St. Francis Medical Center master plan gives us a familiarity with the campus that will serve us well on this project.”

The 52,500-square-foot expansion builds upon a campus master plan previously completed by Gresham Smith and will blend seamlessly into the existing hospital, using a combination of brick, cast stone, metal panels and glass curtain walls. The new space will include intensive care, medical – surgical, neonatal intensive care and observation rooms, which will be designed to easily flex based on acuity level with adaptable headwalls that conceal medical gasses. Touchdown stations outside patient rooms will enable nursing staff to closely monitor patients without interruption while also providing space to complete charting and other tasks. Large scale graphics at nurse stations will aid with wayfinding, while neutral tones with pops of blues and greens will create a calm, healing environment.

In addition to new patient rooms, the project team will also renovate 56,500 square feet, which will provide additional space for outpatient services, including a new open MRI suite, women’s imaging center, pre-admission testing services, and retail pharmacy. The project will also add a new helipad, physician lounge and gift shop.

Construction is anticipated to begin in November 2021.