Virginia Hospital Center Selects HDR to Design Campus Expansion

After undergoing a competitive selection process, Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) selected HDR as the Architect to design a new addition to the campus.

With a total of 11 architectural firms included in the selection process, HDR and two others were shortlisted for interviews with the Executive team at VHC and Hammes Company, the Owner’s Representative and Program Manager. Seeking a change in the patient experience through innovative design, the VHC/Hammes leadership awarded the design of the facility to HDR’s team, which is primarily based out of the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington. 

Led by Principal-In-Charge Susana Erpestad, the HDR team consists of: Jim Henry, Michael Street, Tom Todd, James Brown, Kent Bonner, Tracy Bond and Shawn Xu.

“HDR is honored to be selected by Virginia Hospital Center. We look forward to delivering a dramatic change in patient experience while surpassing business needs and working collaboratively with the Arlington Community and the VHC staff,” said Susana Erpestad, Principal-In-Charge and Health Principal at HDR’s Arlington office. “Our team is excited to work with VHC to achieve their goals, deliver design excellence and ready the campus for the future of health.”

“This project is an exciting next step for our Hospital and community,” said Adrian Stanton, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Virginia Hospital Center. “The selection of HDR reflects the firm’s local roots and superior healthcare design expertise. We look forward to working with them to expand our campus and provide the high-quality medical care and services our patients need and deserve.”

The planning team is comprised of HDR with the global Health design expertise and leadership, AEI as the innovative MEP partner, Walker Parking, Vika for Civil Engineering, Wells and Associates as Traffic Consultants.

“Hammes is excited to have been selected by Virginia Hospital Center as the owner’s representative and program manager,” said Nancy Connolly, Senior Vice President of Hammes Company. “We are excited to work with a great team in visioning and designing the healthcare needs of the future and those of the Arlington community.”

HDR, ranked the number one healthcare design firm for 14 consecutive years, is committed to advancing health and wellness on a global scale and in local communities.  Using the power of design thinking and the consideration of three important elements — patient care, context and community — HDR reimagines the way healthcare is perceived and delivered.