About the author  ⁄ Nathan C. Dumas, P.E

Nathan C. Dumas, P.E. (ndumas@schnabel-eng.com), is a Geotechnical Engineer with Schnabel Engineering in Glen Allen, VA.

This is the type of project that gives geotechnical, geostructural, and structural engineers goosebumps – in a good way. VCU Health’s vision for a new Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Children’s Pavilion required designing in the fourth dimension, where the past, present, and future of the physical facilities critical to this ambitious undertaking were simultaneously considered. Goals were lofty. Not only would it become the largest and most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children in the region, but the reimagined pavilion was also expected to serve as a gateway to Virginia Commonwealth University’s urban medical campus in downtown Richmond. And that was just for starters.

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