Coronavirus Update/ Returning to the Office: AEI's is in the process of preparing our office for staff to return on a modified schedule, providing the City of Boston re-opening guidelines continue to move forward. During quarantine, AEI's staff have successfully worked remotely. Every staff member is equipped with the same equipment at home as they have in the office to ensure efficiency and seamless transitions between workstations. We will continue to work remotely and will provide a formal reopening date when it's available. At this time, only staff will be allowed in our space. Our contact information and policies on in person meetings and site visits remain the same as they have since early March. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
New Orleans Veterans Affairs (NOVA) Replacement Hospital, New Orleans, La.
With a sacrificial first floor, the remainder of the hospital is designed for complete resiliency and independence from city-services for five days.
Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans VA Hospital. The Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Health Care System (SLVHCS) chose to rebuild on a nearby site, and AEI provided plumbing and medical gas design for a number of the campuses nine buildings. The 1.7M SF hospital must meet new VA resiliency standards by being able to operate independently for a period of five days without connecting to city utilities. AEI designed an innovative independent loop for domestic water that redirects flow in case of a blockage, as well as sanitary sewer, domestic water, and process tanks capable of supporting the hospital’s population for nearly a week. The hospital and research facility project was fast-tracked to expedite construction of critical infrastructure, and an integrated design process was implemented by the VA as a means of facilitating close partnership and coordination among all members of the design and construction team.