Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center Reuse Plan

Washington, D.C.

Project Info
Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center Reuse Plan
Washington, D.C.
Size: 3.05 million square feet total
550,000 SF renovations
2.55 million SF new development
67.5 acres

2012, Award for Outstanding Neighborhood or Small Area Plan, National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association Bi-Annual Awards

Our team is leading the master planning effort to transform 66 acres of the 110-acre Walter Reed Army Medical Center former campus into a lively, sustainable, mixed-use development. The parcel was determined surplus federal property by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC), requiring the DC Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) to create a long-term reuse plan for the property. The joint planning process, a Reuse Plan and a Small Area Plan, includes: Existing and future conditions studies (landscape, transportation, historic preservation, real estate, demographic, and market projections); Multiple community goal-setting meetings (including personal electronic polling to obtain instant feedback); Briefing to Historic Preservation Review Board; Test-fits for building heights and density; and Extending streets and spatial patterns related to surrounding neighborhoods.

The plan recommends adaptive reuse of 550,000 SF of historic buildings, development of approximately 2.55 million SF of new buildings, a clear vehicular and pedestrian plan (including the extension of 13th Street south, to the front of the original hospital built in 1908), and green open spaces for a total of 3.1 million SF.

Proposed uses include retail, office space, and mixed-income residential units through town homes, a town center, an academic presence for educational and healthcare purposes, and creative arts areas within the site. The plan also proposes space for homeless assistance providers who serve families and veterans, two charter schools, a fire station, and an ambulatory care center. Sustainable design is a key component, with the goal of becoming one of the first eco-districts in the District of Columbia.

The LRA unanimously approved the Reuse Plan and the DC Council approved the Reuse Plan and the the Small Area Plan. The new plan will create jobs and additional revenue for DC, as well as provide an integrated community through the proposed mixed-use neighborhood on the cherished Walter Reed site.