Developers team up for $50M OrthoVirginia facility at Watkins Centre

A rendering of the medical office building planned to house OrthoVirginia’s Watkins Centre location. (PSH+ image)

Some frequent collaborators are teaming up again on a new project, this time at Watkins Centre in Midlothian.

Development firms Lingerfelt and Hourigan are going in with OrthoVirginia on a joint venture to develop a $50 million, 77,000-square-foot medical office building just east of Bon Secours Westchester Medical Park.

OrthoVirginia will occupy the entirety of the two-story facility, which would rise across Midlothian Turnpike from Westchester Commons and would house an array of orthopedic clinics providing diagnostic imaging and surgery, physical and hand therapies, and other services.

The project is the latest for OrthoVirginia from Lingerfelt and Hourigan, which collaborated over a decade ago on its Chippenham location in the Boulders business park. As with that project, on which Hourigan was the builder, the firms are working with local architect PSH+ on the design of the Watkins Centre facility.

Lingerfelt also developed OrthoVirginia’s Hanover Memorial facility, a three-story, 63,000-square-foot building next to Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville. PSH+, then known as Price Studios, also designed that project.

Lingerfelt and Hourigan have worked on over $150 million worth of projects together, according to a release from the firms.

David Nedeff

The release included comments from Dr. David Nedeff, central region vice president for OrthoVirginia, who said the company had been searching for some time for the right spot for this facility. He described it as strategically located.

“Our new facility will provide OrthoVirginia’s patients with a conveniently located single point of access to the very best of orthopedic care in Virginia,” Nedeff said in the release. He did not take a call Wednesday seeking additional comment.

Brian Witthoefft, managing director for Lingerfelt, said the firm is an equity partner in the project along with Hourigan and OrthoVirginia. The group is under contract to buy the site and expects to close next week, Witthoefft said. He declined to disclose the purchase price.

The 8-acre site is part of a larger parcel owned by the Watkins family, which in recent years has been selling off what’s left of the hundreds of acres it owns in the area. The ownership entity is an LLC registered to John Watkins, the former state senator.

The larger parcel, at 15200 East West Road, fills the area between East West Road and the Route 288 interchange. The property’s acreage and assessed value were not reflected on Chesterfield County property records available online.

Engineering firm Timmons Group is handling site planning for the project, which is slated to open in fall 2024. Site work is scheduled to get underway next month.

The Watkins Centre facility would bring to 35 the locations that make up OrthoVirginia’s network across the state, including 11 in metro Richmond and one in Prince George. It has an Ortho On Call clinic at Westchester Commons, as well as locations at Bon Secours’ St. Francis Medical Center and HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital.

The project also adds to ongoing development at Watkins Centre, including Castle Development Partners’ Center West apartments and Middleburg Real Estate Partners’ planned Hamlet at Watkins Centre, to consist of 283 townhomes and single-family homes on 69 acres nearby.

Watkins Centre’s mixed-use development also includes Bon Secours’ Westchester Emergency Center, a four-story office building, a 50-bed memory care center, retail space and a preschool.

The project comes after Lingerfelt and Hourigan each lightened portfolios in recent months. In November, Hourigan sold its Lowe’s-anchored, newly built distribution center at Deepwater Industrial Park for $128 million. The following month, Lingerfelt closed on its sale of an 11-building portfolio in Innsbrook.

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