Humanizing Healthcare for Wounded Warriors

March 21, 2012
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Ireland Army Community Hospital rendering. A panoramic view of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Courtesy of HKS Inc. Camp Pendleton rendering. Richard L. Bond, AIA Fort Hood Replacement Hospital atrium. Courtesy of HKS Inc. Fort Hood Replacement Hospital entrance. Courtesy of HKS Inc. Fort Hood Replacement Hospital. Courtesy of HKS Inc.
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The 500,000-square-foot, multilevel medical hospital project is located on a 70-acre site at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. The completed project will include inpatient medical facilities with a maximum of 67 patient beds, emergency care, primary care, specialty care clinics, surgery, intensive care, and support spaces.

Additional work includes adding a central utilities plant; a 1,500-space, multilevel parking structure; surface parking; and site development. The hospital will be designed and constructed in line with California’s seismic safety standards and to receive LEED Gold certification.

The Naval Hospital replacement project at Camp Pendleton is one of the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 projects within the DoD and is the largest ARRA project awarded in the Department of Navy.


Ireland Army Community Hospital

Opening Date: 2016

HKS/Wingler & Sharp was selected to design a new hospital at Fort Knox, Kentucky, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, Health Facilities Planning Agency, and Medical Facilities Center of Expertise and Standardization.

Pending allocation of federal funding for construction of this hospital, the project would replace Fort Knox’s Ireland Army Community Hospital and would feature a 280,000-square-foot, 30-bed hospital, 245,000 square feet of outpatient clinics, a 28,000-square-foot logistics building, a 2,100-square-foot ambulance garage, and a new central utility plant.

The hospital design draws from the historic and established vernacular of Fort Knox. Kentucky red brick combined with prominent white columns and expansive glass complements the existing buildings on the campus, while providing a modern, timeless, and progressive architectural statement for the expanding campus.

The hospital is sited to tie into the fabric of the region with healing elements, such as water features, walking trails, indigenous landscaping, scenic courtyards, outdoor dining, and access to nature. Inside, the facility supports the latest in forward-thinking clinical practices.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the facility would showcase numerous innovative, sustainable, and world-class features in a hospital and clinic environment that utilizes EBD concepts that promote wellness and healing.


Continual process improvement

In another major step toward world-class healthcare environments for the country’s wounded warriors, retirees, and their family members, the DoD retained the joint venture of HKS and Wingler & Sharp to assist them in developing a set of capabilities, protocols, and operational standards for conducting rigorous research and innovation studies into healthcare planning, design, technology insertion, and operations.

This initiative will focus on developing: (1) a common framework, foundation, and guidelines for evolving and addressing design solutions; (2) a unified theme and solutions that could be applied across all medical treatment facilities; (3) healing environments that propose solutions that look at care in a holistic manner for the staff, patients, and family members; (4) EBD principles within a world-class facility; and (5) an understanding of patients’ needs and expectations for their care requirements.

According to Tom Harvey, FAIA, director of HKS’s Center for Advanced Design, Research and Evaluation (CADRE), HKS/Wingler & Sharp will develop a business plan to establish and operate this center, which will be used by the Portfolio Planning and Management Division of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, all three U.S. military health services, construction agents such as the Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the Veterans Health Administration System.

“This effort will have a direct impact on the entire military healthcare system associated with facility development. It will apply to all medical healthcare facility planning, design, construction, and operational systems,” Harvey says.

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