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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.