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WSP Joint Venture to Manage U.S. Navy Medical Facility Projects

U.S. Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has chosen a joint venture that includes WSP USA to provide ongoing engineering services for medical facility projects around the globe.



WSP USA will help with the construction of a new Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences education building at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The joint venture of HKS and WSP was awarded a five-year, $50 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for architect-engineering services for medical design projects of the NAVFAC through 2022.

NAVFAC is responsible for the planning, building and maintenance of sustainable facilities; delivers environmental, utility and other base services; and acquires and manages expeditionary combat force systems and equipment.

The IDIQ contract covers hospitals, dental clinics, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, laboratories, sustainment/restoration/modernization projects, military construction projects and medical studies.

Currently, projects being managed by the joint venture for NAVFAC include: feasibility/planning studies for buildings in Southern California; interior renovations at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia; a 44,000-square-foot medical and dental clinic in Jacksonville, North Carolina; and a new education building for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Over the past seven years, WSP and HKS have collaborated on 42 health care projects for the military and private sector, covering 11.2 million square feet of space and providing 4,200 patient beds.

“Collaboration is key to the success of this contract,” said Rick Rome, a member of the joint venture policy board for WSP. “HKS and WSP will operate as ‘one firm’ for NAVFAC to seamlessly meet the client’s needs.”

The services that WSP will provide include project management, mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) design, lab MEP design, civil engineering, environmental engineering, site services, lab planning, medical equipment planning, fire protection, built ecology and sustainability design. Nolan Rome is serving as the joint venture senior project manager for WSP.

“We are bringing the best of our experience from across the country to service the project, and leveraging previous experience with NAVFAC within WSP offices,” Nolan Rome said.

Uniformed Services University


Rick Rome and Nolan Rome

One of the medical building projects already under way is the design of an approximately 478,000-square-foot health, education and research facility for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

“When completed, this building will provide the Navy with a new educational facility that will be used to train Navy personnel,” Rick Rome said. “Our joint venture will provide NAVFAC with an integrated approach to providing the necessary documents and consultation on this complex project.”

The estimated $280 million project will include 120,000-square-feet of laboratories, bio-safety level (BSL) 3 laboratories, and six radiology rooms. It will be designed to meet requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Working with HKS creates opportunities to bring each firm’s expertise and resources together for the benefit of NAVFAC.

“This joint venture is a new way of providing services for our firm and is key to our future to be able to work on a project in a joint venture with a key architectural client like HKS,” Rick Rome said. “It allows us to match the experience of our architecture-engineering firm competitors.”


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