Dri-Design Selected For Massive Leed Silver Military Hospital Project
of the massive new $1.03 billion Fort Belvoir Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir,
VA culminates five years of interservice collaboration as one of the largest and
most involved medical Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects. The 1.27
million square foot facility will replace DeWitt Army Community Hospital and
will also absorb some services and patients from the recently closed Walter Reed
Army Medical Center.
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
Designed by the architectural team HDR/Dewberry, the new world-class facility
combines technology and data to advance healthcare services for active duty U.S.
military members, retirees and their families.
More than 36,000 Dri-Design panels covering 120,000 sq. ft. were utilized. The
1mm VM Quartz Zinc panels clad five structures in the complex. The patented Dri-Design
Wall Panel System is an affordable dry joint, pressure-equalized rain screen
The Dri-Design panels interface with a terra cotta façade which also utilizes a
rain screen assembly. Leading hospitals have been moving toward the rain screen
system as a method of dealing with the increased performance requirements for
medical and laboratory buildings.
A limited amount of painted aluminum Dri-Design panels were also used on
interior applications including stairwell entry areas.
The facility was built by Turner Gilbane, a joint venture between Turner
Construction and Gilbane Building Company.
With the normal 10-year procurement cycle needing to be reduced to a five-year
process in order to meet the BRAC timeline, the hospital was designed and
constructed using Integrated/Design/Bid/Build (IDBB). The facility was
constructed in just over three years—half the time it normally takes to build a
facility of its magnitude.
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.”
Dri-Design panels are 100% recyclable and can be made from a variety of
materials including zinc, copper, stainless steel and painted and anodized
aluminum. Panels are available in any Kynar color and are sized and detailed to
meet the specific requirements of each project. This cost effective system is
Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved.
For more information on the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System, call 616-355-2970 or
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