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Work begins next month on building new Sentara Leigh Hospital

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Construction is scheduled to start next month on a 3-year project to build a new Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk.

The multiphase project will take place on the site of the current hospital building on Kempsville Road.

Two five-story patient towers eventually will replace three wings of the current hospital, which were built in the 1970s.

“We are rebuilding Sentara Leigh Hospital for the next 30 years,” Terrie L. Edwards, the hospital’s president, said in a statement.  “The new patient towers will complete a campus redevelopment plan that began in 2007.” 

Earlier phases of the rebuilding project expanded and modernized the emergency department and renovated operating rooms and other infrastructure.

The project was designed by HDR Architects with input from hospital staff and physicians and community volunteers.  Whiting-Turner will serve as general contractor. 

A new staff parking deck on the eastern edge of the property will be the first structure built, with groundbreaking for the first patient tower scheduled in March.

The patient towers will be of similar design and layout to those at recently opened Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. It also was designed by HDR and built by Whiting-Turner. 

The project includes a 48-bed orthopedic and rehabilitation center on the first floor that will employ part of the outside garden space for walking exercises on different grades and surfaces.


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