Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Overview

Located in Fort Hood Texas, The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center provides assistance to more than 42,000 active duty personnel and 145,000 family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius. This 45-year-old critical healthcare facility routinely performs surgeries, fills prescriptions and provides maternity services to individuals throughout the surrounding community. 

Southland Industries worked to reconstruct a new 947,000 square foot hospital through design-build mechanical and plumbing services. The new hospital will replace the existing Medical Center facility and provide state-of the art healthcare services for fellow Fort Hood U.S. Army site service members and their families.

Approach

The ability to minimize water usage and maximize energy conservation proved a critical element for this project. With its central Texas location, Fort Hood is susceptible to droughts from the hot and dry climate. Southland implemented a capture and re-use cooling tower of wastewater to reduce irrigation water requirements, as well as a 100 percent direct outdoor air system (DOAS) with energy recovery wheels to help save energy. The Southland team also utilized a BIM solution to determine locations for the facility’s various MEP systems.

Result

Southland successfully navigated the design of the healthcare facility, despite the project’s rigorous criteria. The team delivered this sustainable project under the Energy Independence Security Act (EISA) as a compliant building design with a 55 percent reduction in energy use over existing hospitals. With a water efficient design that achieves a 30 percent reduction in domestic water use, this LEED-Gold certified building will continue to ensure health success within its community.