Navy Disestablishes Office Responsible for Building New Walter Reed
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) activity responsible for coordinating construction of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., was disestablished during a ceremony last week.
The Officer-In-Charge of Construction Bethesda supported and executed the design and construction of more than 650,000 square feet of military medical patient facilities, 415,000 square feet of administrative facilities and 285,000 square feet of barracks space for wounded warriors and their families, reported NAVFAC. The construction office also coordinated the renovation of more than 500,000 square feet of existing clinical space at the hospital, while simultaneously upgrading the main utility and support infrastructure.
The project stemmed from the 2005 round of base closures, which recommended the closure of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., and relocating its services to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The effort to combine the two historic medical centers was one of the largest projects in NAVFAC’s history, totaling more than $1.3 billion.