Located at a coastal site which includes sensitive riparian and vernal pool habitats, this project, was the largest Recovery Act new construction stimulus project in the country. This was a design/build project on a ‘fast-track’ program scheduled for a rapid construction to meet the military’s immediate need for increased medical care facility space.
Features of this project include park-like healing gardens, rehabilitation areas and physical training courses designed to provide areas for recuperation for patients and physical training for naval corpsmen. In addition, new and relocated military memorials have been integrated into plaza areas to provide sites for ceremonial functions.
Modern sustainable design elements, such as green roofs, bio-swales and permeable pavements, have been incorporated into this project. One and a half acres of green roof are designed to capture storm water and provide a visual connection to nature from every floor of the project. The site design preserves a 0.65 acre vernal pool and restores 3.0 acres of riparian habitat in a Waters of the U.S. channel and 25 acres of Coastal Sage Scrub habitat in the upland slope areas.
This award-winning project has been recognized for sustainable design and also received a LEED Gold rating.