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Sentara Healthcare – System-wide Clean Room Facilities

Design and engineering for the compliance and safety of acute care pharmacies

  • 16


  • $18M

    Construction Value

  • Norfolk, Virginia

    Norfolk, Virginia

Virtual reality allowed us to share design solutions to end users in a way that could help them better understand proposed spaces

The United States Pharmacopeia (​USP) and National Formulary (NF) Chapters 797 and 800 address pharmacy requirements for sterile compounding of drugs and compounding of hazardous drugs such as chemo. Chapter 797 was recently updated with more strict requirements while Chapter 800 was recently added, creating additional requirements to protect pharmacy staff.

Sentara Healthcare engaged Stantec to provide planning and design services for their system wide USP 797/800 upgrades. Our first step was to develop design standards that describe the ideal physical configuration of sterile compounding facilities including room layout, fixtures, furnishing, and equipment to support standardized operational practices and compliance. The standards also cover finish selection options and detailing that meet environmental requirements. We then used the design standards and cleanroom prototypes to develop renovation scope for compounding facilities across the system. These reports were further informed by surveys, and the collective findings reviewed in conjunction with the owner’s goals, objectives, and budget.

Our design team used virtual reality tools to present proposed design solutions to the end users. This helped streamline the design process and allowed end users to understand the new cleanroom spaces in a way that could not be done in traditional 2D design techniques.

Meet Our Team

Esra Abumounshar, Architectural Designer, Generative & Computational Design Lead

We have a responsibility to better our communities with design by fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion throughout the process.
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Megan Holmes, Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US East)

Designing the best possible environment takes a team committed to a common goal.
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Paul Leonard, Principal

Successful engineering not only supports a client’s program goals but also lowers life cycle costs and fits within budget constraints.

Charles Parker, Senior Associate

I am proud that the design work I perform has a positive impact on the quality of life for patients receiving care.

Carl Shilling, Principal

Sustainability and energy conservation is key in healthcare. It’s a 24/7 solution for facilities that serve our communities 24/7.

Esra Abumounshar

Architectural Designer, Generative & Computational Design Lead

Megan Holmes

Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US East)

Paul Leonard


Charles Parker

Senior Associate

Carl Shilling


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