Wounded Warrior Lodge

Wounded Warrior Lodge

Owner:  United States Navy
Client:  Clark Nexsen
Location:  Bethesda, MD

The Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge at Walter Reed serves as a transitional home and treatment center for “Wounded Warriors” who are typically coming from the Warrior Transition Unit at Walter Reed and stay at the lodge for three to six months, prior to going home. The $66 million, 137,281-square-foot facility ranges from 4 to 8 stories high with suites and studio apartments and includes an adjacent garage structure. Site improvements included landscaping features, utilities, SWM facilities, and access drives.

Soltesz provided stormwater management design via six micro-bioretention facilities spread across the site and a 5,000 SF green roof. The micro-bioretention facilities locations were carefully selected by Soltesz so that the maximum contributing areas do not exceed the amount set forth by the MDE guidelines. Soltesz retained third party review services and worked diligently with the reviewer to expedite the review process and obtain approvals to meet the deadline.

A green roof on the four-story wing of the lodge provides outdoor recreational and contemplative spaces for the occupants including a putting green and a covered picnic area. Soltesz worked closely with the lead contractor to design Erosion & Sediment Control and stormwater management plan inline and in coordination with other site elements and program requirements.

One of the challenges with this project was the stormwater management and Erosion & Sediment Control design in accordance with newer MDE (Maryland Department of Environment) Environmental Site Design Guidelines. Also, the aggressive project schedule called for the design and permitting to be completed within 4 months.