Bon Secours leaving former Commanders training facility for new building at Sauer Center

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Bon Secours is taking over about half of a 54,000-square-foot, four-story building under construction at the Sauer Center. (Jack Jacobs photo)

The newest building at Sauer Center is shaping up to be a medical services hub.

Bon Secours is planning to open a primary care and sports medicine center, a physical therapy center and an urgent care clinic as part of the latest phase of the Whole Foods-anchored development from Sauer Properties.

The trio of medical facilities will occupy the first two floors of the four-story, 54,000-square-foot office building being built at 2230 W. Broad St.

The physical therapy and primary care centers are being relocated from the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., according to Bon Secours spokeswoman Jenna Green, who added that the health system is exiting its lease at the Richmond EDA-owned facility.

The urgent care clinic at Sauer Center would be a new facility, and comes as part of the health system’s ongoing urgent care expansion in the Richmond region.

Bon Secours Sports Medicine & Primary Care and the urgent care clinic will occupy the first floor of the building, while Bon Secours Physical Therapy will be on the second floor.

The sports medicine and primary care center is planned to occupy 8,000 square feet. The center is expected to feature 18 exam rooms and two procedural rooms, as well as have on-site x-ray, lab and ultrasound facilities. The urgent care clinic will occupy about 4,000 square feet and is planned to have eight treatment rooms as well as x-ray, imaging and lab capabilities.

Bon Secours Physical Therapy will occupy roughly 8,000 square feet on the second floor. The center will have 11 patient rooms.

Overall, Bon Secours has inked a lease for about 25,000 square feet across the first two floors of the building. The remaining square footage leased by Bon Secours will be common areas shared among the health system’s facilities in the building.

Bon Secours currently estimates that it will spend around $9 million to build out and equip the spaces, Green said in an email last week. Architecture firm PSH+ has been tapped to handle the design of the facilities.

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The training center, as seen when in its first year of operation.

The health system anticipates it will open its upcoming facilities at the Sauer Center by the end of 2024, Green said.

With the health system set to occupy about half of the new building, Sauer Properties’ Marshall French said talks are underway with additional potential tenants to fill out the rest of the space.

“We have no finalized deals yet. We’re talking to a number of groups,” French said.

Construction on the building is ongoing and the shell of the structure is currently expected to be completed by late summer, French said.

L. F. Jennings is the general contractor on the overall project, including the buildout of the floors leased by Bon Secours. Freeman and Morgan Architects was tapped to design the building.

The building is rising on a pad next to the CarMax-anchored Putney Building and comes as the first piece of a larger wave of new development planned at the Sauer Center.

Sauer Properties has created a master plan to guide development of its 37 acres between West Broad, North Allen Avenue and Hermitage Road. The company is planning more than 2 million square feet of new construction, including a 12-story Art Deco building envisioned as a centerpiece for the development.

As Bon Secours plots its exit from the training camp facility built for but no longer used by the Washington Commanders football team, the city is working on what’s next for the site.

In his January State of the City address, Mayor Levar Stoney announced that the city parks department was “repurposing” the facility for public use and programming, according to a copy of his speech.

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Justin Ranson
Justin Ranson
15 days ago

“And with that exit, thier failure is complete.” Vader would love the rise and catastrophic fall of the training center.

Tyler Benson
Tyler Benson
15 days ago

Would be nice have public access to those fields to play soccer.

Michael Morgan-Dodson
Michael Morgan-Dodson
15 days ago

Thank goodness they wrapped the bond that taxpayers would NEVER be responsible for into the City’s already chokingly high debt back in 2018. If they’d waiting any longer the overburdening interest rates the EDA got would have been so much more. When they did the refinancing we owed $11.5M on the $8.5 bonds. The EDA and their process bodes well for the success of the Diamond project. Eye roll now!

John Lindner
John Lindner
15 days ago

Sauer’s development arm is killing it! What a coup!