VCU Health has officially unveiled its latest addition to the downtown skyline.
The 17-story Adult Outpatient Pavilion opened to patients Monday at 1001 E. Leigh St.
The 615,000-square-foot complex allows the health system to consolidate VCU Massey Cancer Center’s outpatient services, along with outpatient clinics at the Ambulatory Care Center at 417 N. 11th St., Nelson Clinic at 401 N. 11th St. and North Hospital at 1300 E. Marshall St.
Employees from those buildings will soon be joined in the new pavilion by an additional 100 to 120 new employees. Hiring for those additional positions is underway, Vice President of Ambulatory Operations Tracy Fry-Longoria said.
“It’s a very, very challenging time for staffing but we’re working diligently on that,” Fry-Longoria said.
A headcount of how many VCU Health employees will be relocated to the facility wasn’t available Friday.
The $384 million building features clinical space, including lab and imaging services, as well as a retail pharmacy. It also houses a 425,000-square-foot parking deck with more than 1,000 spaces.
Hourigan was the project’s general contractor. HDR served as project architect. Walter P. Moore and Associates was the structural engineer. JLL was the project manager.
VCU estimates that about 200,000 patients will be able to receive treatment at the facility every year. The facility has space for additional expansion within its footprint that would increase that annual figure, Fry-Longoria said.
The health system said it is still hashing out what it will do with the outpatient clinics that have been relocated to the Adult Outpatient Pavilion.
“We’re in the process of developing what that will look like moving forward,” Fry-Longoria said.
VCU broke ground on the adult outpatient facility project in 2018. It was built on the site of the former Virginia Treatment Center for Children, which was moved to Northside.
Though VCU Health has opened the adult outpatient center, the health system’s downtown construction isn’t ending anytime soon. The nearby Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is undergoing a 500,000-square-foot expansion expected to be completed in spring 2023.