StoneSprings Hospital Center

  • Kenneth A. Priest

    Kenneth A. Priest AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

    Senior Vice President Contact
When HCA wanted to increase its market share in Northern Virginia, existing hospitals were too constrained for expansion. Seeking a fresh start with a new facility that would demonstrate its dedication to personal, community-focused healthcare, HCA turned to GS&P to design a new 124-bed hospital and medical office building on a 51-acre greenfield campus.
HCA initially requested a trimmed down version of its existing model for new hospitals. Knowing the layout could also be streamlined, our design team undertook an exhaustive study of opportunities to maximize efficiency, improve departmental adjacencies, and enhance internal circulation. We returned to the client with two options: an adaptation of HCA’s existing plans that offered the same amenities with 70,000 fewer square feet, and a completely redesigned standard with even greater efficiencies. With StoneSprings’ Certificate of Need rapidly nearing expiration and a building footprint already approved by local officials, HCA moved forward with the adaptation of its existing standard while saving the total redesign for future use.
Designed and equipped for comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, surgical and diagnostic medical care, the hospital features 124 beds, 15 emergency room bays, a cardiac catheterization lab/operating room, and five diagnostic imaging rooms including MRI, CT and nuclear medicine. Intuitive wayfinding and visual connections from interior to exterior throughout the building help patients and staff navigate the building. A main public corridor serves as a spine for patients and visitors to easily reach any area they need to access, while a separate passageway for staff creates an efficient link between departments. The hospital’s palette of neutral colors in stone and brick reflect its location along a corridor that transitions from Colonial-style developments of eastern Loudoun County to the farmland and historic sites of western Loudoun County.

GS&P’s environmental graphics team designed a comprehensive master signage and wayfinding program that reinforces the hospital’s architectural theme, promotes the StoneSprings brand to the community, and improves durability, lifespan and return on investment.
Sustainable features are found throughout the hospital and medical office building. A simplified exterior design with fewer parts, along with interior layout’s 70,000 square-feet reduction, saved on construction costs and will also decrease energy and operating costs. To further increase energy efficiency and combat noise from the nearby Dulles airport, the design features ultra-thermal windows, ample brick for sound and thermal insulation, and thicker exterior insulation. Décor choices of paint instead of vinyl wall coverings and elegantly arranged porcelain flooring in place of terrazzo tile also resulted in substantial energy and cost savings to the client.

“The exterior of the building is modern, yet ties in the history of Northern Virginia through the use of stone, reminiscent of the stone walls still found in the surrounding countryside that predate the American Civil War. The interior layout is patient- and visitor-friendly, with ample space for guests to wait comfortably while a loved one is being cared for.” 

Mark Rader, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center
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