Walter Reed Army Medical Center
16th Street, Alaska Avenue and Georgia Avenue
Dear Mr. D'Amico:
During its meeting of 19February 2004, the Commission reviewed the concept design for the installation of temporary canopies at the entrances to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to shelter the security screening operations at the gates. The members did not approve the designs as presented. However, the Commission did not object-to the use of temporary canopies as an interim measure until a permanent solution is devised, approved and constructed. What was found to be objectionable in the schemes presented was the
overbearing height, width, and industrial character of the canopy system presented. Every effort should be made to reduce their overall dimensions without impacting the screening operations.
Considering that these canopies will be in place for two to five years, and will be the first item visitors and patients encounter when entering the hospital center, the interim canopy system should have some visual and esthetic value-it should not look or feel like a secured industrial plant. Perhaps a more tent-like cable-stayed canopy system would be more appropriate and interesting. The Commission looks forward to the review of alternative designs. The staff is available to assist as needed.
Mr. Michael A. D'Amico
Director of Public Works and Transportation Department of the Army
Walter Reed Army Medical Center ·
Washington, DC 20307-5001
cc: Louise Brodnitz, WRAMC