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Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Va.


Designed by the architectural team HDR/Dewberry, the new world-class facility combines technology and data to advance health care services for active duty U.S. military members, retirees and their families.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital includes a nine-story main hospital building, two three-story clinical buildings and two two-story clinical buildings. The project has achieved LEED Silver certification and is striving to attain LEED Gold. The facility was built by Turner Gilbane, a joint venture between Turner Construction and Gilbane Building Co.

Opening of the massive $1.03 billion hospital culminated five years of interservice collaboration as one of the largest and most involved medical Base Realignment and Closure projects. The 1.27-million-square-foot facility replaces DeWitt Army Community Hospital and will also absorb some services and patients from the recently closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

With the normal 10-year procurement cycle needing to be reduced to a five-year process to meet the BRAC timeline, the hospital was designed and constructed using Integrated/Design/ Bid/Build. The facility was constructed in just over three years-half the time it normally takes to build a facility of its magnitude.

More than 36,000 Dri-Design panels covering 120,000 square feet were utilized. The 1-mm VM Quartz Zinc panels clad five structures in the complex. The Dri-Design panels interface with a terra cotta façade which also utilizes a rainscreen assembly. A limited amount of painted aluminum Dri-Design panels were also used on interior applications including stairwell entry areas. Umicore Building Products USA Inc. supplied the VM Quartz Zinc utilized in the panels.

According to Col. Susan Annicelli, commander of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, "This is America's newest, most extraordinary, most technically advanced facility and we are proud to have it in the military health system."

General contractor: Turner Gilbane, Arlington, Va.
Architects: HDR, Alexandria, Va.; and Dewberry, Fairfax, Va.
Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.,
Zinc: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C.,