National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)
SmithGroup worked with clinicians and researchers to develop a program and operational concept supportive of an entirely new model of care. Merging evidence-based design with neurological studies, every element of the building is attuned to the special sensory and wayfinding needs of TBI patients. Patient interaction with the environment drove every design decision, from lighting and acoustics to privacy and safety.
The winding form of the exterior is echoed in the lobby, where a curvilinear wood structure—housing a chapel, auditorium and therapy space—dominates the architecture. Although this world-class facility contains the most advanced technologies, the result is a warm, holistic space that communicates healing and hope.