Reinventing rehabilitation, Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System joined together to build a four-story, 114-bed, $95 million facility located on 25 acres in West Creek outside of Richmond. The joint venture creates a state-of-the-art destination hospital focused on caring for individuals who need support after experiencing strokes, spinal cord or brain injuries, or various neurological diseases and disorders.

The facility includes a dining area, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory, and central rehabilitation gym, totaling over 212,000 sf, along with a shelled fourth floor to allow for future expansion of services. Schnabel provided geotechnical engineering services during design, providing a full geotechnical engineering report following subsurface investigations, soils lab testing, and field engineering. We were then selected to perform the Materials Testing and Special Inspections services to support the project’s construction.

Special Inspections services included the observation and testing of foundation subgrades, earthwork, blasting quantities, waterproofing, concrete, reinforcing steel, floor flatness, structural and cold-formed steel, and spray-applied fireproofing. We provided consultation to address wet weather soil conditions at the site and limit additional costs to the owner. We also protected the owner’s interests by monitoring blasting for utility excavations.

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