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Ballard Rehabilitation & Veterans Occupational Services Facility

The Ballard Rehabilitation & Veterans Occupational Services (BRAVOS) Facility is a care facility for veterans of the U.S. armed forces. In addition to the functional program, found in a separate document, you should consider the purposes and uses of your facility as a healing environment with a mission to heal the whole person, physically, emotionally and spiritually. You should look beyond the therapeutic and vocational services and how the design of the facility can help connect or reconnect veterans to their families and their community. I am not a veteran, but we should all learn of the life issues of this special group of service men and women. If there are veterans in the class, they should serve as a source of information.

 

A precedent project, the Center for the Intrepid, has been provided. You should read through this project document. The scale of this center is much larger than our 10,000 square foot area, but many of the spatial examples should be reviewed.

 

A statement by Surgeon General of the Army, Lt. General Kiley said:

Recognizing that the soldiers’ future quality of life, their ability to care for themselves and provide for their families, and their very survival depends on the treatment, rehabilitation and advanced training skills they receive following their injury. The Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), Arnold Fisher, called and asked, “How can we help?”

 

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The Power of Water

The studio program was developed from the Water Studies Center, modified to emphasize a research component of water testing and a stronger public educational component exploring future challenges of sustainability, power, and the city’s relationship to the water. The studio explored how the notion of water in the project’s purpose, and its proximity to the water itself being on Pier 48, could generate specific and unique ideas for a design parti.