By Regina Adams, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge and Parking Structure at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Aug. 18.
Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge, known as Sanctuary Hall, was built to house wounded warriors while they receive long term medical care.
"We are so pleased to be cutting the ribbon on what will be our nation's newest facility to accommodate such a precious resource, our Wounded Warriors," said Capt. Tony Edmonds, commanding officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. "God bless everyone who ever resides in this facility."
The Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge is a 135,000 square foot, multi-story building that consist of 200 rooms and common areas. There are administrative offices, an entertainment area, a cafe and lounge, housekeeping areas, and public restrooms. The facility is fully accessible for the physically disabled.
The five-level, 161,000 square foot parking garage has space for 470 vehicles and is located adjacent to the lodge.
Unique to this facility is the green roof of Wing C, which provides a place for Wounded Warriors to enjoy outdoor televisions, pool tables, foosball table and a putting green.
The facility was designed specifically to encourage interaction among the wounded warriors around the lodge and installation.
"It was absolutely a privilege and honor for us to be entrusted with the planning, design, and construction of this facility for wounded warriors and their families," said Edmonds.
The $62 million contract was awarded as a joint venture contract to DCK and Tetra Tech Torso September, 2011.
View more photos of the Wounded Warrior's Sanctuary Hall at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1Aq4Cm.