Central Sterile

The existing Central Sterile facility was too small for our client’s caseloads and had an outdated layout and old equipment. Per client direction, we initially planned the new facility in its current location and took over some adjacent space that was not being utilized. During design development, we entered many discussions of how to renovate the Central Sterile facility in place while still being able to perform the work they needed. The decision was made to relocate the facility across the corridor to another larger space that was being underutilized.

Client: Parham Doctors’ Hospital
Location: Richmond, VA
Size: 2,813 SF
Services Provided:
• Programming
• Space Planning
• Field Verification
• Finish Selection
• Vendor Equipment Coordination
• Design Development
• Construction Document Drawings
• Bid Analysis
• Construction Administration


Unique Challenges

The existing mechanical system was not compliant to newer air quality standards, leading to our team working with design engineers to sufficiently address the space requirements.

The construction phasing required extensive planning so that the facility could remain operational, while also not incurring significant budget increases. Our plan optimized both cost and operational downtime to meet all of the client’s requirements.

Our Value Add

The new Central Sterile department is now code compliant with more space and updated equipment. We were able to provide an efficient workflow based on the client’s own process and also incorporated color for visual interest into a unit that was previously very stark.

A structural engineer designed a future break away slab so that when the hospital adds a cart washer in the future, the design work to prep for the pit required has already been done.

We completed the project on schedule and within budget.