MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s (MGUH) renovation and expansion of its aging Washington, D.C. campus includes the addition of a new Medical Surgical Pavilion.
Cardno is providing structural engineering services for the 6-story, 420,000 sf above-grade medical surgical pavilion plus penthouse. The concrete cast-in-place pavilion sits above three levels, 420,000 sf of below-grade parking for a project total of 840,000 sf.
MGUH’s surgical pavilion, the largest new healthcare development in Washington, D.C. in 10+ years, will house 156 private patient rooms, emergency department, and operating rooms. A helipad will be located on the rooftop with direct access to the emergency room.
The hospital is located on a tight urban site increasing the number of design challenges and project complexities including the offset of the underground parking from the above-grade medical pavilion.
In addition, only one ramp leads from the garage to the entrance for pedestrian safety purposes and to maximize the amount of green space and walkability. Cardno’s structural engineers are carefully designing the column layout to avoid conflicts with existing underground storm sewer. Transfer beams are provided where columns cannot be located outside of the sewer easement. Also, unbalanced lateral earth pressure creates a challenging load path for the floor diaphragms, which Cardno is addressing by strategically placing lateral resisting elements.
Estimated completion for the new Medical Surgical Pavilion is 2021.