California apartment project brings together young and old; DOD’s largest inpatient hospital completed; and the nation’s first LEED Silver sorority house.

March 02, 2012

Defense Department’s largest inpatient hospital completed in San Antonio

The Washington, D.C., office of architecture firm RTKL Associates has completed a new hospital tower for the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. The two-million-sf tower adds more than 100 beds, bringing the fully operational facility to 425 inpatient beds with expansion capability of more than 50 beds. Financed with more than $450 million in Base Realignment and Closure 2005 funds, the tower is the U.S. Department of Defense’s only Level 1-certified trauma center with a world-class burn and eye center and a rooftop helipad. It is the DoD’s largest inpatient hospital and ambulatory service facility in the U.S. The building is designed to recycle 50,000 gallons of water a day and achieve 21% energy cost savings over a  comparable conventional hospital. The project is set to receive LEED Silver certification.


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