SmithGroup’s Phil Tobey Appointed to the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards

Phil Tobey, FAIA, FACHA, has been appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards, a Federal Advisory Committee.

The 10-person Independent Review Panel provides guidance to the Secretary of Defense on matters regarding a unified construction standard for military medical centers to provide a single standard of care. The swearing-in ceremony was held on February 6, 2014 at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va.

As a senior vice president and member of SmithGroup’s Health practice, Tobey has led the firm’s design of several state-of-the-art rehabilitation centers for the military. He recently served as principal-in-charge for the design of two new rehabilitation centers for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan: The Center for the Intrepid,  the world's most advanced rehabilitation center for soldiers recovering from severe burns and amputations, and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, which serves veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Tobey also served as principal-in-charge for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence satellite facilities to further expand care using a network approach. Three SmithGroup-designed satellite facilities just opened at Ft. Belvoir, Camp Lejeune and Ft. Campbell, with six more planned for other installations.

Tobey holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to private practice, he served as an officer with the U.S. Air Force’s Office of the Surgeon General; since then, he has focused much of his career on military health, designing for every branch of the U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was awarded the 2012 Urbahn Medal for Preeminence in Architecture from the Society of American Military Engineers; appointed to Virginia Health Systems Agency Board in 2012; and appointed to U.S. Defense Health Board in 2009. Tobey recently served on the subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, an independent panel that authored the report “Achieving World Class.” He joined SmithGroup in 2000 after leading his own firm, Tobey + Davis, from 1970 to 2000.

Tobey is a resident of Reston, Va.

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