Bethesda, Maryland

Owner: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Completion Date: June 2010

Program: A two-story, 72,000-square-foot facility for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients at Bethesda's National Naval Medical Center. The project includes clinics; imaging facilities; spaces for physical therapy, outdoor rehabilitation, and virtual-reality-assisted rehab; offices; an auditorium; a patient lounge and coffee bar; and a skylit multipurpose space that can host activities ranging from group exercises to theater performances.

Design concept and solution:The architects needed to accommodate a wide variety of programs under one roof, while creating flexible spaces that can adapt to the center's evolving needs as new findings about TBI emerge. They concentrated the diagnostic, treatment, and support spaces in an L-shaped wing whose legs bracket the main lobby and circulation area. In keeping with the largely concrete Bethesda campus, SmithGroup clad the center in sandy-hued precast concrete panels with a curtain wall. At the lobby, the curtain wall takes on a serpentine shape, its curves echoed on the interior by a freestanding wood-clad enclosure that houses physical therapy, the auditorium, and the chapel. The center's imaging suite anticipates changes in technology and equipment with ten-foot knockout panels. In addition, the architects allotted extra space—currently used for research—to the suite so that it can add an upgraded MRI or hyperbaric chamber in the future.

Total construction cost: $65 million

Location: National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

901 K Street NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001
p. 202-842-2100
f. 202-974-4500


Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
One Intrepid Square, 46th Street & 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

901 K Street NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001
p. 202-842-2100
f. 202-974-4500

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Phil Tobey FAIA, FACHA – Senior Vice President
William Kline, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP – Principal-in-Charge
Michael Kang, FAIA, LEED AP – Design Principal
Christopher Arnold, AIA – Project Manager
Jeffrey Flicker, AIA, RID – Project Architect
Cheryl Brown, IIDA, LEED AP – Interior Designer

Architect of record: SmithGroup

Interior designer: SmithGroup

Geotechnical Engineer: Schnabel Engineering, Inc.
Civil: A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc.
Structural: Cagley & Associates, Inc.
Mechanical / Plumbing: Limbach
Electrical: SmithGroup
Fire Protection: SmithGroup
Communications: Vantage Technology Consulting Group
AT/FP: Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Landscape: JJR, Inc
Lighting: SmithGroup
Acoustical: Miller, Beam & Paganelli
Medical Equipment Planner: Gene Burton & Associates
Art: Distinctive Art Source
Arborist: Pitchford Associates
Physicist: RSO, Inc.
Artist: Zachary Oxman

General contractor:
Turner Construction
3865 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
p. (703) 841-5200

Maxwell MacKenzie
p. (202) 232-6686
© Maxwell MacKenzie

V-Xion, Thomas Eichbaum model maker

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Max, Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp, Microsoft Office



Exterior cladding
Metal/glass curtainwall: Kawneer, installation by GPR

Concrete: Miller & Long, Precast Concrete by Arban & Corosi

Other: TPO by Firestone, installation by Wagner

Aluminum: Kawneer, installation by GPR

Glass: Kawneer, installation by GPR
Skylights: Kawneer, installation by GPR

Entrances: Dorma
Wood doors: WBH Industries Lambton Doors
Sliding doors: P.C. Henderson

Locksets: Corbin Russwin
Hinges: Glynn-Johnson
Closers: Dorma / LCN
Pulls: Elmes, Rockwood

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong
Suspension grid: Armstrong
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Casework, Inc.
Paints and stains: McCormick, Benjamin Moore
Wallcoverings: Wood wallcovering (RJF international), Daltile, Knoll
Paneling: Precision Wall Tech
Plastic laminate: Wilsonart, Nevamar
Special surfacing: Corian, Cambria, Cold Spring, Stone Source, Daltile
Resilient flooring: Mondo, Johnsonite, Forbo, Roppe
Carpet: Boylu, Bentley Prince Street, Karastan, Atals, Masland, J&J, Shaw
Raised flooring: Tate

Office furniture: Herman miller, Office Specialty, First office,
Reception furniture: Touhy
Chairs: Vitra, Cumberland, Jack Cartwright, Berhardt, Dedon, Lowenstein, Textyle, Adnreu world, Keilhauer, Marin Brattrud, Nemschoff, Thomas. Moser, Artek, Lowenstein, Geiger, David Edward, Potterybarn, Westlem, Koll, Hermanmiller
Tables: Nucraft, KI, Pristmatique, Adnreu world, HBF, Marin Brattrud, Potterybarn
Upholstery:  Paul Brayton, HBF Textile, Carnegie,
Duralee, Brentano, IZIT, Innovations, Momentum, Joseph Noble, Zimmer+Rohde, Kravet

Interior ambient lighting: Amerlux, Delray, Elliptipar, Focal Point, iLight, Kenall, Ledalite, Lightolier, Lithonia, Mark Lighting, Metalux, Peerless, Prudential, RSA, Selux, Visual Lighting Technologies, Vode, Winona, Zaneen
Downlights: Gotham, Iris, Portfolio
Task lighting: Alkco
Exterior: Bega, Color Kinetics, Invue
Controls: LC&D, Crestron, Wattstopper

Elevators/Escalators: Potomac Elevator using Thyssen Krupp & Vertical Express

Onicon , Bell & Gossett