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Tuesday, December 7, 2021  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Historic Transformation: Research & Clinical-Care at Former Walter Reed

Clairanne Pesce, CHID, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Sr. Interior Designer, Array Architects
Mark Sardegna, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects
Irene Thompson
Executive Director, Real Estate and Capital Planning, Children's National Hospital
Ari Tinkoff PE
Principal, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC

A team of healthcare and research designers & engineers teamed with Children's National Hospital to develop an adaptive reuse plan of several buildings at the historic, former Walter Reed Campus. With an eye toward infusing the 1930-1955 era buildings with ahead-of-the-art pediatric clinical and translational research spaces, this session will allow attendees insight - from the macro campus tour and overall buildings' plan to the micro of Building 52, the 1st building transformed. The rehab of this 12-acre portion of the renown military medical campus allows decanting services to an accessible location while leaving room to backfill at the main hospital for new and expanded patient services. This campus redevelopment provided opportunities to develop an optimal plan to expand Children's National's primary and specialty care services as well as create a research and innovation center focused on developing breakthroughs in pediatric care while meeting historic and sustainability goals.


1. Learn from a team which combined design specialists in both healthcare and research
2. Takeaway client-approved and budget-sensitive solutions to historic building improvements
3. Utilize tips from infrastructure specialists how best to design upgrades in a century-old building
4. Understand how each building inter-relates to their location on campus and the campus master plan

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