The North Patient Tower, the centerpiece of a comprehensive, 10-year strategic facilities master plan for the Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Va., was built to promote healing with a focus on comfort and autonomy, two elements that establish “place” and elevate the human experience of the built environment. This was accomplished by incorporating technology throughout the nine-story, 382,000-square-foot project, offering both patients and staff control of their environment.

Designed by HDR (Arlington, Va.) and built by DPR Construction (Washington, D.C.), the tower’s first floor supports diagnostic services, laboratories, and a major new main entry and public facilities for the hospital. Most of the remainder of the building is comprised of a variety of new, single-bed inpatient areas, including labor and delivery services, a 24-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 24 post-partum beds, and 24 beds dedicated to medical and surgery patients. The fifth floor houses 48 intermediate care med/surg patient rooms, while the sixth and seventh floors include shell space for 48 future beds each.

The design of the project was inspired by the nearby Dulles International Airport. A neutral-colored terra cotta tile system makes up most of the exterior material and integrates with the existing campus aesthetic. Large entrance canopies and a connector bridge are composed of repeating steel supports with graceful curving forms and arching cantilevers, which are important references to the airport and are immediately recognizable to the community.

Project details:

Facility name: Inova Loudoun North Patient Tower

Location: Leesburg, Va.

Completion date: April 2020

Owner: Inova Loudoun

Total construction cost: $153.5 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $401/sq. ft.

Total building area: 382,000 sq. ft. (fit out, 276,000 sq. ft., core and shell 106,000 sq. ft., 228 total planned beds)

Architecture firm: HDR

Interior design: HDR

General contractor: DPR Construction

Engineering: HDR (structural, engineering), Valley Engineering (MEP), Urban LLC (civil), and Walker Consultants (garage, bridge, MEP, structural)

Builder: DPR Construction