To meet the needs of one of the fastest-growing veteran populations in the country, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is adding a new outpatient clinic to the Hampton VA Healthcare System in Chesapeake, Va.

Partnering with developer The Molasky Group of Companies (Las Vegas) Gresham Smith (Charlotte, N.C.) is providing planning, architecture and interior design services. The design goal is to create a human-centered space that uses the latest technology to elevate quality of care.

Located on a 25-acre site at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center campus in Chesapeake, Va., near the Cypress Landing veterans housing, the new facility will reflect the surrounding region. It takes cues from coastal culture to honor Hampton Roads as the home of the world’s largest naval base.

On the exterior, a large linear expanse of glazing will mimic the shape of an aircraft carrier. A covered drop-off area on the front of the building will resemble ship masts.

To promote wellness and connect patients, visitors and staff to nature, the design will leverage the site’s existing wetlands. Outdoor seating, respite areas, and a healing garden will be created.

Staff will have access to a dedicated outdoor space and multiple balconies for respite during breaks.

Inside, the palette will use cool earth tones including blues, greens, and grays. Wood cladding will be used on ceilings and in elevator banks. Floor-to ceiling fenestration will be featured in the main lobby, combined with large windows on all sides of the building, to bring in natural light.

The 205,000-square-foot, two-story building will house primary care, audiology and speech pathology, mental health, ophthalmology, prosthetic and sensory aid, laboratory and pharmacy services, as well as CT, X-Ray, mammography, MRI, and ultrasound technologies.

To increase operational efficiencies and promote personalized care, patient care spaces will be arranged around central staff work areas within each clinic. This follows the VA’s Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT) model of care delivery.

Construction is expected to start in late 2022. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2024.


Project details for VA Hampton Roads Community Based Outpatient Clinic:

Location: Chesapeake, Va.

Expected completion date: Fall 2024

Owner: The Molasky Group of Companies

Total building area: 205,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: Confidential

Cost/sq. ft.: Confidential

Architecture/planning  firm: Gresham Smith

Interior design: Gresham Smith

General contractor: WM Jordan

Engineering: VHB (civil/landscape), Thornton Tomasetti (structural), Newcomb and Boyd (MEP); SSR (medical equipment planning)

Developer: The Molasky Group of Companies