Phase one of this three phase, $165 million dollar veterans hospital project is now complete. The first phase includes the new parking structure and entry drive, the current phase includes the new Mental Health and Research Building that will house the outpatient therapy, clinical research and educational programs of the Veterans Administration Seattle Campus. The primary focus of the design is to create a comfortable and safe environment that is calming and reassuring for veterans, while the design of the new entry drive, marked by the basalt monument, leading to the main plaza accommodates the safe flow of pedestrians, cars and buses.
The landscape design unifies the existing and future buildings on the site in a patient-friendly and environmentally sensitive way. It creates a sense of arrival and continuous way finding system while incorporating universal access strategies and an overall message of respect and gratitude. The design also works to support collaboration and team building among the clinical and research staff by providing respite from daily work stresses with the inclusion of two open air courtyards and one atrium courtyard (also open to patients and their families). The site design crafts stormwater management approaches that take advantage of site topography and capitalize on therapeutic views from the nursing tower onto planted areas. Numerous sustainable stormwater features are incorporated into this project including a large system of rain gardens, bioswales, and greenroofs as we work toward achieving a LEED® Silver rating.
Phase One Completion 2016
(as Managing Principal of Nakano Associates)