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Center for the Intrepid

p r o j e c t  Center

The 65,000-sf Center for the Intrepid, designed by

for the Intrepid, San Antonio

c l i e n t  National Armed Forces Physical Rehabilitation Center, Brooke

SmithGroup is equipped with the most sophisticated

Army Medical Center

amputee rehabilitation technology available—virtual

a r c h i t e c t  SmithGroup

reality, robotics, and simulators. The four-story build-

d e s i g n t e a m   Phil

ing is an elliptical shape, fusing the client’s desire for a

Tobey, FAIA; Bill Kline, AIA; Lora Schwartz, AIA;

Cheryl Brown, IIDA; Rodrigo Manriquez; Mary Jukuri, ASLA

monumental building with the need for a state-of-the-art

c o n t r a c t o r  Skanska

facility to hold complex functions within. The building’s

USA Building & Associates (structural); SmithGroup

rose granite exterior is seated firmly on a base of black

(interior); Syska Hennessy Group (MEPF); Skanska USA Building

granite, portraying the idea of permanence. Triple-

(construction manager); Counsilman-Hunsaker (pool); Koffel (code);

height windows punctuate the exterior granite while a

Heller & Metzger (specification); JJR SmithGroup (landscape);

capping band of clerestory windows light the interior of

SmithGroup (lighting, equipment); Garcia & Wright (civil); Plaza

the space. This abundance of interior natural light is

Construction Corp. (owner’s representative)

utilized by placing rehabilitation activities around the

c o n s u l t a n t s   Cagley

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Timothy

outer edge of the building. Having been named for both


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6 5 7 4


a WWII aircraft carrier as well as those who are defined Cold Spring

by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance,

Granite; windows : Viracon; roofing system : Berridge, Sarnafil, Tremco;

the new rehabilitation center acts as more than just a

insulation :

healthcare facility: it is also a monument to those who

r e s o u r c e s curtain wall :

ceilings :


Owens Corning; elevators and escalators : ThyssenKrupp;

Armstrong; doors : Mohawk; carpet: Shaw, Monterey, C&A;

plumbing fixtures :


energy management controls : systems :

7 / 8

exterior cladding :


2 0 0 9

tile :


lighting controls :

have become patients there.


Johnson Controls; security and fire alarm

S u s a n

B u t l e r

FIRST FLOOR PLAN 1 Lobby/telemed conference 2 military performance lab 3 Uneven terrain modeler 4 Administration 5 Behavioral Medicine 6 Case management 7 patient locker room 8 coffee shop/lounge 9 fitness center 10 natatorium 11 outdoor activity area

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a r c h i t e c t


Texas Architect July/Aug 2009: Residential Design