Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital

Raising the Bar for Sustainability in Hospital Design
People think Evidence Based Design is related to just buildings. It does begin with the building, but the building allows the entire culture to change so that care can be delivered in a patient-focused way.
Barbara A. Dellinger, Vice President, HDR
Fort Bliss, Texas
United States Army Corps of Engineers - Fort Worth District
1,100,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Silver (targeted)
LEED for Healthcare (targeted)

Clark, as part of a joint venture with McCarthy Building Companies, constructed the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital. The 1.1 million square-foot healthcare campus consists of a seven-story replacement hospital and five supporting buildings, including an in-patient clinic, out-patient clinic, administrative building, clinical investigation building, and central utility plant.

The project team replaced the existing William Beaumont Army Medical Center. The hospital is comprised of a moment-resisting steel frame structure with a side plate connection system and a concrete and metal deck composite floor system. 

The facility is expected to set a new bar in patient care and employee satisfaction. The best strategies in hospital construction and patient care are being employed during construction: evidence-based design (EBD), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines (LEED), and the military’s new gold standard for medical facilities, “World-Class design.” Highly absorbent ceiling tiles as well as flooring surfaces are being specified. Ceiling-mounted patient lifts will ease stress on the bodies of both patients and medical personnel and help reduce injuries. All patient rooms are private, with space for family members, thus further supporting the theory that healing is faster when families can assist patients during their stay in the hospital.

The use of positive distractions for patients is employed, and includes views to nature and the gardens or the Franklin Mountains. Finishes, both exterior and interior will include native stone, as well as colors, patterns, and textures that are akin to the culture and geography of the area, and spacious windows allowing abundant light deep into the buildings.