GU Hospital wins zoning nod for expansion project

The project calls for an addition on the east side of the existing hospital. (rendering courtesy of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital secured long-sought zoning approval last week for a major expansion project that is now scheduled for completion in 2021.

Hospital officials had hoped to begin construction in 2017, but lengthy debates with community stakeholders and the Zoning Commission’s reluctance to expedite its review of the case pushed the timeline back by a year. At the end of a June 8 public hearing, commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 477,000-square-foot medical/surgical pavilion.

“We greatly appreciate the support we have received from numerous community leaders and organizations to ensure this facility becomes a reality for the patients we serve,” hospital spokesperson Marianne Worley wrote in a statement. “The bench ruling is a major milestone that allows MedStar Health and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to continue the high quality of care we provide for our patients, fulfill the growing demands of our community’s healthcare needs.”

Hospital officials have said they’ve outgrown the existing 1946 building. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2016)

The project will replace surface parking just east of the main hospital, and will encompass an expanded emergency department, two floors of operating rooms and three patient care units. Once the project is complete, the existing hospital building will house the facility’s kitchen, environmental services, information technology, biomedical engineering, security and morgue.

An underground garage will provide 644 underground spaces for the hospital, and the project will also include expanded green space connecting to Georgetown University.