The newly constructed U.S. hospital located in Weilerbach near the Ramstein Air Base is set to replace the medical facilities at the air base and the military hospital in Landstuhl, which has been in operation since the 1950s. The new hospital building with 120,000 m² of floor space encompasses a medical centre, clinic, administrative centre and medical warehouse.
After a needs assessment and a comparative location search, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commissioned a joint venture consisting of German and U.S. planners to design the new hospital construction project. CDM Smith was responsible for the infrastructure planning for the entire site development.
Thanks to the excellent cooperation of all disciplines in the German-American planning team, all requirements were met in time.
We developed several infrastructure supply alternatives for the hospital while taking supply requirements and regional suppliers into account, and presented our concepts with corresponding cost estimates to later user groups, representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense and the estate and construction management agency of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany - Landesbetrieb LBB. This was followed by the preliminary design planning based on selected options for developing, and constructing a bridge between the hospital and air base. We conducted a geotechnical soil investigation, a noise study and a feasibility study on the use of renewable energy according to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) and Energy Savings Ordinance (EnEV).
Budget cuts from the U.S. Department of Defense and alterations of regulatory nature conservation obligations placed a series of major challenges on our team of architects, building services engineering planners and structural engineers. However, excellent teamwork between all the disciplines and the planning team ensured that we satisfied all requirements on schedule.