Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge and Garage
The Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, will provide unaccompanied military personnel and their nonmedical attendants or family members with comfortable, accessible housing. Tetra Tech, in partnership with DCK, is providing design-build, project management and site supervision services to complete this supportive facility, which is critical to attracting and retaining high-caliber military personnel.
The project consists of 200 sleeping rooms for high-quality bachelor housing apartments for wounded warriors, their families and nonmedical attendants, and transitioning U.S. Navy personnel. The project meets private sector residential standards that provide a safe, energy-efficient, durable, and low-maintenance facility with a low life cycle cost. The apartment building and site are designed to fit into the surrounding architectural environment. The project incorporates sustainable principles into the design, development, and construction to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification.
In addition to the sleeping rooms, the building has two lobby areas. The main lobby will contain a two-story great room with fireplace, TV, and opening onto a covered patio. A café is adjacent to the great room with bar area and seating. In addition to the café, each floor includes shared, full-size residential kitchens, laundry facilities, and trash rooms.
One section of the building will feature a green roof with interactive areas for video games, a pool table, and a putting green. The roof will also include two pergola structures, extensive landscaping, and paver pathways. Exterior amenities include a playground and a barrier-free creek walk that extends the existing path along Stony Creek.
The adjacent 166,000-square-foot, 470-space parking garage features LED lighting and a photovoltaic field on the upper level that will produce 225 kilowatts (Direct Current) of power for the lodge’s electrical system.