Weed Army Community Hospital Exterior Building

Federal

Weed Army Community Hospital

Project General Information

237,339 SF

Area

USACE Los Angeles

Client

Fort Irwin, CA

United States

LEED Platinum, net-zero, carbon neutral: This military medical oasis in the desert sets a precedent for the Military Health System.

Description

RLF led planning and design efforts as designer of record for a modernized, consolidated replacement hospital with inpatient and outpatient health services to maintain medical readiness. The new facility provides services for 10,000 beneficiaries on a 60-acre rural campus in the Mojave Desert. The Weed Army Community Hospital (WACH) serves as the post's major emergency shelter and can remain fully operational and self-sufficient for up to four days with redundant utilities on site, including generator fuel, water reserves and sewage holding.

The project team delivered on the client's three-prong goals: a unique design, energy efficiency and an accelerated design pace. In support of world-class directives and evidence-based design principles, WACH maximizes daylighting in occupied spaces, has staff respite areas, family member accommodations, patient controls and limited travel distances. Several patient rooms have panoramic views of the Mojave Desert wildlands and the Tiefort Mountains, inspiring some to call the hospital a medical oasis in the desert. Due to its remote location, patient rooms were designed for flexibility in patient types and volumes.

The facility includes 15 inpatient beds; an emergency department with nine treatment rooms and one trauma room; a helipad to support emergency transport; a pharmacy with advanced automation systems to increase operational efficiency; a medical laboratory; an outpatient clinic with 55 exam rooms in two wings; primary care; a medical/surgical unit; a chapel; 20 single-bedroom barracks with common/recreation/community areas; and large, multipurpose training facilities. The campus is supported by a 19,400 SF CEP and includes a 1,600 SF ambulance shelter, a helipad and a telecommunications facility.

Sustainability

LEED Platinum certified; DoD’s first net-zero, carbon neutral hospital

AWARDS

RLF led planning and design efforts as designer of record for a modernized, consolidated replacement hospital with inpatient and outpatient health services to maintain medical readiness. The new facility provides services for 10,000 beneficiaries on a 60-acre rural campus in the Mojave Desert. The Weed Army Community Hospital (WACH) serves as the post's major emergency shelter and can remain fully operational and self-sufficient for up to four days with redundant utilities on site, including generator fuel, water reserves and sewage holding.

The project team delivered on the client's three-prong goals: a unique design, energy efficiency and an accelerated design pace. In support of world-class directives and evidence-based design principles, WACH maximizes daylighting in occupied spaces, has staff respite areas, family member accommodations, patient controls and limited travel distances. Several patient rooms have panoramic views of the Mojave Desert wildlands and the Tiefort Mountains, inspiring some to call the hospital a medical oasis in the desert. Due to its remote location, patient rooms were designed for flexibility in patient types and volumes.

The facility includes 15 inpatient beds; an emergency department with nine treatment rooms and one trauma room; a helipad to support emergency transport; a pharmacy with advanced automation systems to increase operational efficiency; a medical laboratory; an outpatient clinic with 55 exam rooms in two wings; primary care; a medical/surgical unit; a chapel; 20 single-bedroom barracks with common/recreation/community areas; and large, multipurpose training facilities. The campus is supported by a 19,400 SF CEP and includes a 1,600 SF ambulance shelter, a helipad and a telecommunications facility.

LEED Platinum certified; DoD’s first net-zero, carbon neutral hospital

2018 Merit Award, Sustainability, AIA Florida

2018 Merit Award, Design, AIA Orlando

2012 Honor Award, Conceptual Design, DoD Chief of Engineers, Awards of Excellence

Description

RLF led planning and design efforts as designer of record for a modernized, consolidated replacement hospital with inpatient and outpatient health services to maintain medical readiness. The new facility provides services for 10,000 beneficiaries on a 60-acre rural campus in the Mojave Desert. The Weed Army Community Hospital (WACH) serves as the post's major emergency shelter and can remain fully operational and self-sufficient for up to four days with redundant utilities on site, including generator fuel, water reserves and sewage holding.

The project team delivered on the client's three-prong goals: a unique design, energy efficiency and an accelerated design pace. In support of world-class directives and evidence-based design principles, WACH maximizes daylighting in occupied spaces, has staff respite areas, family member accommodations, patient controls and limited travel distances. Several patient rooms have panoramic views of the Mojave Desert wildlands and the Tiefort Mountains, inspiring some to call the hospital a medical oasis in the desert. Due to its remote location, patient rooms were designed for flexibility in patient types and volumes.

The facility includes 15 inpatient beds; an emergency department with nine treatment rooms and one trauma room; a helipad to support emergency transport; a pharmacy with advanced automation systems to increase operational efficiency; a medical laboratory; an outpatient clinic with 55 exam rooms in two wings; primary care; a medical/surgical unit; a chapel; 20 single-bedroom barracks with common/recreation/community areas; and large, multipurpose training facilities. The campus is supported by a 19,400 SF CEP and includes a 1,600 SF ambulance shelter, a helipad and a telecommunications facility.

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Ken Wing

Project Manager, USACE Sacramento District

I consider RLF the best A/E firm I have had the opportunity to work with in my 26 years as a MILCON Project Manager. RLF provided excellent performance on a technically challenging design. The Army directed an accelerated design schedule and RLF met all the delivery milestones. Their entire team was extremely cooperative and responsive throughout the design phase. Their technical expertise in all of the disciplines reflected well in the overall performance of this design.