The new Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion is the largest, most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children in the region. This $200 million investment by VCU Health has served to improve the historic and vital Broad Street corridor of downtown Richmond and creates a gateway to the urban medical campus.
Constructing a 640,000 square foot building four stories below grade and 11 stories above grade in a dense and congested urban environment required creative engineering. Schnabel provided geotechnical services during the early planning stages of the project, as well as supplemental subsurface exploration. The resulting data allowed for a more economical design of the foundations and support of the 55-foot-deep excavation. We were also responsible for geostructural design of the underpinning and support of excavation.
As an advisor to the owner’s representative throughout design and construction of the Pavilion, we helped solve various unanticipated issues. Among them were revising the underpinning design to compensate for degradation of the adjacent building footings, and environmental concerns with disposal of the soils excavated from the site.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion received the 2017 Pinnacle Award from ACEC Virginia. The organization’s highest honor recognizes projects demonstrating innovation, complexity, achievement and value to the industry. Read all about it here.