University of Maryland Cuts Ribbon on New Hospital

Despite the pandemic, the more than half-a-billion-dollar project came in slightly ahead of schedule.

The grand opening of the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center hospital, in Largo, Prince George’s County, took place Tuesday, as announced by Clark Construction Group, the project’s general contractor.


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The 620,000-square-foot hospital features an 11-story patient tower with 205 private patient rooms, 41 emergency department treatment bays, 32 intensive-care beds, two endoscopy suites and eight operating rooms.

University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center
University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. Image courtesy of Clark Construction Group

The medical center also features spaces for such clinical services as neonatal intensive care, behavioral health, neurosciences, orthopedics, labor and delivery, critical care medicine, and Level II trauma.

Clark noted that despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company reached substantial completion on the project in October, 10 days ahead of schedule.

Clark also highlighted substantial participation from small, local and minority-owned businesses throughout the construction process. For example, the contractor reportedly exceeded all small business goals and awarded $30.9 million in contracts to local Minority Business Enterprises for a total proportion of 13.5 percent.

University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center
University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. Image courtesy of Clark Construction Group

The total estimated cost of the project is about $543 million, according to the University of Maryland. Much of the capital financing is being provided by the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County.

UM Capital Region Medical Center will officially open on June 12.

Onward with the old

The new hospital replaces the 75-year-old Prince George’s Hospital Center at 3001 Hospital Drive in Cheverly; the 26-acre site will be redeveloped for other uses.

University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center
University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. Image courtesy of Clark Construction Group

A master plan presented in April by Grimm and Parker Architecture features a mixed-use development that will include residential (townhomes, rental apartments and senior housing), a hotel and a modest amount of retail, as well as a town square and two parks.

According to current plans, the developer will be selected late this year, and the entitlement process will begin in early 2022.

In February 2020, Clark Construction Group completed a $270 million, 300,000-square-foot addition to Suburban Hospital, a component of the Johns Hopkins Hospital System, in Bethesda, Md. The design was by Wilmot Sanz.

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