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Suffolk-Smoot partnership on a historical renovation of the children’s National Research and Innovation Campus

At the end of November in Washington, D.C., Children’s National Health System began work on a historical renovation construction project that will result in a pediatric research and innovation campus with a focus on pediatric medicine. The new Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus is located on the campus of the historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Washington, D.C. (Ward 4). It will be one of three tenants leasing space in the former medical center. The new Walter Reed National Medical Center is located in Bethesda, Md., which is less than 10 mi. away.

Suffolk Construction is leading the project with Smoot Construction, under the name of Suffolk-Smoot Construction. Stacey Stares is guiding the project. The primary scope of the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus project includes renovating four existing structures on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, which is a 12-acre portion of a 112-acre campus.

The construction project includes renovating four buildings — 170,000 sq. ft. of research innovation space, a building with 24 clinic exam rooms, a 300-person auditorium, and an above-grade parking garage — which will become Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus.

“This project management and construction team continues to navigate historic renovation requirements of buildings that were built in the 1930s, but with a fast-paced schedule that reflects contemporary innovations,” said Matt Dabrowski, senior engineer and construction manager of Children’s National. “For example, the team is navigating the structural process to restore buildings to what they looked like in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s, nearly 50 to 90 years ago, but within a 15-month timeframe and in accordance with 2019 innovations.”