Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Institute

The new SARI hospital is being master planned to provide space for future inpatient and outpatient buildings and services. This project will include 114 inpatient beds, a central rehabilitation gym, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a kitchen and cafeteria, administrative offices, surface parking, site and utility development, and more. The site is close to major roads and interstates and will be developed to support not only the initial building but also future expansion. The owner wishes this project to become a destination site for the specialized services being offered. As such, access to the campus and offered services will be developed with both the patients and the care-givers in mind such that outside experts and researchers will be drawn to the facility.

The landscape design approach will utilize native and adapted native plants as well as drought tolerant species. An orchestrated sequence of flowering ornamental trees will lead the traveler to the auto-court and main building entrance. The parking lot islands will be planted with shade trees, low shrubs and groundcover. At the main entrance to the building, there will be colored concrete paving with a dominant scoring pattern to distinguish this area from all the other standard collector walk concrete. Remaining walkways will be poured in place, gray concrete. Ornamental LED light bollards will be located at the patient arrival area. Low voltage LED landscape lighting will be located near the entrance to the building. Attractive metal benches with backs and metal trash cans will be located nearby the front door. 
Goochland, VA
VCU Health
Sheltering Arms
Start: 2017
Completion: In design
Landscape Architecture
David Gerstenmaier, PLA