MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Expansion


Baltimore, MD


MedStar Health

Project Size

366,000 sq. ft.

Completion Date

November 2010

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center opened a new, 366,000 sq. ft. patient tower in November 2010. The facility replaces 291 of the hospital’s existing beds with private patient rooms. Of these, 192 are medical/surgical beds, 42 are critical care beds, 48 are intermediate care beds, and 9 are dedicated to pediatric care.

Another major element of this project is a replacement emergency department. Sized to accommodate 150,000 annual visits, it alleviates overcrowding in one of the busiest EDs in the state of Maryland.  The space features 89 treatment rooms: 15 fast track, 10 triage, six psychiatric, 12 pediatric, and 46 adult ED. By separating the ED into several different tracks, based on acuity, the hospital is able to treat patients more efficiently.  Patients with minor injuries are quickly treated in the triage area and then discharged. The fast track area is dedicated to those with somewhat more serious conditions, while the treatment bays of the adult ED care for the most serious cases. An adjacent pediatric care unit is designed to care for both pediatric emergency patients and inpatients.

One of the goals of the addition was to create an improved front door image for the campus. A spacious new main lobby, complemented by a gift shop and chapel, improves the hospital’s image and brand and makes the main entrance more easily accessible from parking. This inviting, three-story space features residentially appointed seating areas and a fireplace, providing warmth and a high-end hospitality atmosphere to the facility. Stands of bamboo reach up from the lower level into the atrium, combining with a glass mosaic tile water feature and abundant natural sunlight to bring the outdoors inside and create a comforting healing environment.