Veterans Affairs Medical Center Surgical Pavilion
Providence, RI / United States
Total Square Footage
General ORs, Angioplasty Room, Cystoscopy Room
The new Surgical Pavilion represents a significant expansion of the VA Providence Medical Center, where the operating rooms had not been updated in over 50 years. The project combines new construction and renovations, includes five ORs (three general, one angioplasty and one cystoscopy), one minor procedure room, PACU, clinical and staff support as well as office spaces.
The primary objective of the project was to bring natural light into all of the primary treatment and staff work areas, a radical departure from most current surgical environments. The pavilion is surrounded by clerestory windows and skewered by two “light tubes,” which bring natural light into the sterile corridor and collaborative staff work areas, which are key medical education components. Daylight brought into the OR’s by the triple-glazed windows is controlled with automated integral blinds.
Building on the existing brick campus and the pre-oxidized copper panels framing the Ambulatory Care Building, the new Surgical Pavilion is clad in pre-oxidized copper panels set upon a brick base, separated by a gasket of air intake louvers.
Photography: Rachellynn Schoen