Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center Celebrates Milestone

“This project has been in the works for well over ten years and to see it topping out today is exciting and it is a credit to all the people who have work so hard to make it happen,” Erik Wangsness, President, Adventist Healthcare Washington Adventist Hospital said of the topping out. “I’m excited for the community. I’m excited for the care givers and the professionals who will be working here, and I can’t wait to move in the summer of 2019.”

In November 2017, employees and community members attended a topping out ceremony for the new Washington Adventist Hospital. In celebration of the major construction milestone, Adventist Healthcare announced the hospital’s official name as the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center.

Adventist HealthCare (AHC) delivers premier healthcare services in Maryland and New Jersey. A highly competitive Montgomery County, Maryland healthcare market environment led AHC to initiate a modernization plan, featuring the replacement of their aging Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) with a new medical campus in White Oak.

The topping out celebration comes after years of demonstrating to the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) the need for a new hospital, the cost effectiveness and financial viability. CBRE | Heery worked closely with WAH to help develop a project program that would meet the cost standards of MHCC with a cost model consistent with today’s modern healthcare practices. The Commission approved the project in December 2015. 

CBRE | Heery is providing project management services for the new 472,000 square foot medical center located in the White Oak section of Silver Springs, Maryland. At First Patient, the new hospital will have 170 licensed beds, 8 observations beds, plus 12 CDU beds in the Emergency Department. The facility is designed to be able to quickly transition to 190 licensed beds with 8 observation beds, and 12 CDU beds. The facility is also designed for future vertical expansion with a complete buildout of 274 licensed beds, 14 observation beds, and 12 CDU beds. Upon completion, Adventists’ hospital operations will relocate to the new White Oak campus from the existing campus in Takoma Park – where AHC has operated for over 100 years. The new campus will improve access to quality healthcare for the surrounding communities, address the needs of the area’s growing and aging population, and improve clinical efficiency.

The team is managing the project in two main phases, plus an activation phase. Phase I included Pre-Certificate of Need cost, schedule, and design management services, as well as preliminary site prep work and installation of site utilities. Phase II includes foundations, core and shell, interior construction, commissioning, and FF&E work.

Phase IA is under construction and consists of a 472,000 square foot hospital, a 16,000 square foot central utility plant, a 120,000 square foot medical office building, and a 1,100 space parking structure. Phase IB will include a conference center and another medical office building. Phase II will include an additional medical office building, a parking structure, a skilled nursing facility, and potentially a public safety facility.

The hospital master plan addressed issues in the current location of limited expansion and growth, aging infrastructure and facilities, and access. The new campus is near public transportation and major roadways and will accommodate future growth and expansion, and be finished with modern equipment and interior features that strive to improve patient, visitor, and staff experience.