Frank Zilm & Associates, Inc., in conjunction with Douglass
Planning and Orr Architectural Consulting, has recently led the development of
functional programming for a major New Tower Addition to the Medical College of
Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The Tower will include 244
new critical care and acute beds, including a new Burn Unit, NICU. additional
space for Surgery and support functions. The Tower will provide state of the
art, all private patient rooms, designed to integrate families into the patient
care environment. Appropriate support space and system will be provided on each
level of the Tower. This project is envisioned as the first phase of a master
plan developed by Douglass Planning.
The planning process at VCU first centered on development
of common building and patient room characteristics and then identified unique
requirements for each of the services anticipated to be initial occupants. CAD
models of patient care requirements and room organizational options were used to
determine the desired patient room dimensions. Faculty, nursing, and
administrative staff were actively involved in the programming process.