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Department of Navy Awards Contract
March 14, 2008

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced today the award of a design and construction contract required to establish the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Md. This contract was awarded to Clark/Balfour Beatty, Joint Venture, Bethesda, Md., in the amount of $641.4 million. NAVFAC will oversee the planning and construction of the new Center.

The establishment of the WRNMMC on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Md., was mandated under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), which recommended the realignment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including the relocation of all tertiary medical services to NNMC, and the renaming of NNMC as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). BRAC law requires all services to be relocated by Sept. 15, 2011.

The WRNMMC is conceptualized to be an approximately 345-bed medical center with the full range of intensive and complex specialty, and subspecialty medical services, including specialized facilities for the most seriously war injured. WRNMMC will become the U.S. military’s premier tertiary referral center for casualty and beneficiary care, provide postgraduate level education and other training, and serve as a critical medical research center. Concurrent to this regional enhancement will be the construction of a new 120-bed military medical treatment facility at Fort Belvoir.

The new WRNMMC medical facility complex will include a mix of new outpatient and inpatient facilities as well as extensive renovations and upgrades to the existing hospital facilities. New circulation pathways, utility tunnels, and a parking structure are also included in the plans. Supporting facilities to be built under a separate contract include non-clinical and Warrior Transition administrative spaces, barracks, a gymnasium and additional parking.

Approximately 2,200 staff will be added to the Bethesda campus. Most of the new personnel added to the future WRNMMC facility will transfer from other Department of Defense (DoD) locations. Additionally the Fisher Foundation will be funding the construction of two new Fisher Houses and a National Intrepid Center of Excellence for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Diagnosis, Treatment, Clinical Training, and Related Services to support wounded veterans and their families.

For more information on the integration of NNMC and WRAMC, visit the National Naval Medical Center.

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