Health-Care Facilities

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Missouri

Retrofit Team

The 63,360-square-foot medical clinic, built in 1979, underwent a $28.5 million modernization and renovation.
The 63,360-square-foot medical clinic, built in 1979, underwent a $28.5 million modernization and renovation.

ARCHITECT: Hoefer Wysocki
COMMISSIONING AGENT: AccuTec Services Inc.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Bob D. Campbell & Co.
MEP ENGINEER: BranchPattern
CIVIL ENGINEER: BHC Rhodes
FIRE-PROTECTION SERVICES: Henderson Engineers
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: JE Dunn Construction

Materials

The 63,360-square-foot medical clinic, built in 1979, underwent a $28.5 million modernization and renovation, which was completed in January 2018. Because of the mission-critical status of its patients, clinic operations had to continue uninterrupted during all phases of construction. The installation of a Temporary Phasing Facility allowed all departments to remain operational throughout construction.

The modernized environment features renovated clinical departments, including pharmacy, family medicine, pediatrics, flight medicine and radiology. The renovation included interior and exterior finish upgrades; installation of new medical, radiology and physical-therapy equipment; and improvements to security, life safety, accessibility, and mechanical, electrical, and communications systems.

The modernized environment features renovated clinical departments, including pharmacy, family medicine, pediatrics, flight medicine and radiology.
The modernized environment features renovated clinical departments, including pharmacy, family medicine, pediatrics, flight medicine and radiology.

Patient-care functions were consolidated and color-themed to create a sense of place, improve patient wayfinding, and facilitate the efficient sharing of clinical resources and equipment. The interior design and materiality echo the surrounding Midwestern landscape. Views of native foliage and their seasonal color changes are thoughtfully placed throughout the interior. The neutral color palette is accented with warmth derived from the natural landscape.

The following is a sampling of materials used in the project:

The Retrofit

Whiteman Air Force Base, home to the 509th Bomb Wing and the world’s only B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber unit, is supported by the 509th Medical Group (509 MDG). Accredited by the Joint Commission, the 509 MDG develops and sustains missionready medics to support Combatant and Joint Force Commanders, as well as provide health care for more than 12,000 Airmen and their families.

Patient-care functions were consolidated and color-themed to create a sense of place, improve patient wayfinding, and facilitate the efficient sharing of clinical resources and equipment.
Patient-care functions were consolidated and color-themed to create a sense of place, improve patient wayfinding, and facilitate the efficient sharing of clinical resources and equipment.

Whiteman AFB is one of the first projects certified under LEED v4. The facility is on track to achieve 40.12 percent water-use reduction. More than 50 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills. One-hundred percent of onsite equipment is Energy Star-rated, and 90 percent of occupied spaces have occupancy sensors. Air quality was enhanced with carbon-dioxide monitoring, entryway systems, natural-ventilation calculations and the use of MERV 13 filters in all AHUs.

“We are excited to have completed this high-performance, sustainable clinic renovation for our active-duty military service members and their families stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base,” says Craig Stearns with JE Dunn Construction. “To attain LEED certification is commendable; this is our first project certified under the new v4 rating system, making it an even more remarkable achievement. The team worked in a spirit of true partnership to ensure this important facility met performance and sustainability goals.”

PHOTOS: Hoefer Wysocki

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