The National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland. Courtesy Smith Group JJR (left) and Maxwell MacKenzie Photography (right).

National Intrepid Center of Excellence



Thornton Tomasetti’s Protective Design practice provided protective design engineering and consulting services for The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), located on the campus of the new Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This facility is a research, diagnosis and treatment center for service members with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. The NICoE was funded by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and turned over to the Department of Defense (DoD) upon completion.

Built to Protect

The 72,000-square-foot, two-story facility consists of a reinforced concrete frame and a curved curtain wall façade spanning the height of the building entrance. The building was designed to meet the DoD’s minimum antiterrorism standards for buildings and progressive-collapse standards. Accordingly, it achieves the necessary standoffs to surrounding roadways and incorporates a blast-resistant façade and a redundant structure.

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