Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Institute (SARI)

Goochland, VA

The new SARI hospital has been master planned to provide space for future inpatient and outpatient buildings and services. This project includes 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 were developed with both the patients and the caregivers in mind such that outside experts and researchers will be drawn to the facility.

The landscape design approach utilizes native and adapted native plants as well as drought tolerant species. An orchestrated sequence of flowering ornamental trees leads the traveler to the auto-court and main building entrance. The parking lot islands are planted with shade trees, low shrubs, and groundcover. At the main entrance to the building, there are colored concrete paving with a dominant scoring pattern to distinguish this area from all the other standard collector walk concrete. Remaining walkways are poured in place, gray concrete. Ornamental LED light bollards are located at the patient arrival area. Low voltage LED landscape lighting are located near the entrance to the building. Attractive metal benches with backs and metal trash cans are located nearby the front door.

Circulation at the front entrance of the Sheltering Arms Hospital that includes sidewalks, a pedestrian crosswalk, and vehicle drop off. People gather in the courtyard during the Sheltering Arms Hospital ribbon cutting ceremony. An individual in a wheelchair watches the Sheltering Arms Hospital ribbon cutting ceremony events.


  • VCU Health, Sheltering Arms


  • Landscape Architecture