Fort Belvoir Warriors in Transition Barracks Now Home to More than 100 Recovering Soldiers
FORT BELVOIR, Va.—On Wednesday, Clark Builders Group (CBG) opened the doors of its second Warriors in Transition (WIT) Barracks building at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia. The project, which encompasses both an East and West building, is now home to a total of 110 soldiers who have been released from medical care and are in the process of recovery and rehabilitation.
Fort Belvoir WIT Barracks
"These barracks represent a key example of the Army's commitment to its wounded warriors," said Col. Dave Anderson, commander and district engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. "Every member of the team who helped plan, design, and construct this facility can be proud to have given something back to those Service Members who have sacrificed so much for us."
After the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) selected Clark as the design/builder for the $45 million project in March 2010, CBG partnered with architect Torti Gallas and Partners to began transforming the site into a 194,400-square-foot residential facility containing 144 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments. Both barracks have four floors, each of which contains a multi-purpose room featuring a pool table, juke box, and lounge seating for socializing.
Built on what was once a nine-hole golf course, the WIT barracks are located directly off of 9th Street between the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and the Vernondale Village neighborhood. Homage to the old golf course is evidenced by an aesthetically pleasing courtyard between the two barracks buildings that features two putting greens, a picnic pavilion, and multiple seating areas. A beautifully constructed and landscaped path known as the Walk of Honor is the courtyard's centerpiece, and runs from the hospital to the neighborhood.
CBG completed the WIT Barracks community on July 24 of this year, and the first group of soldiers moved into the East barrack on August 14. These WIT homes represent a vast improvement over similar dwellings previously available to soldiers in transition. Among other upgrades, the new apartments include a total of 32 ground-floor rooms - 16 in each building - that meet the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines, with roll-in showers, accessible door hardware, and more.
In addition to the barracks' accessibility, both buildings are LEED Gold certified for their use of high efficiency HVAC systems with water source heat pumps, water-saving plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, reflexive roofs, and other environmentally friendly features.
"The path symbolizes the difficult yet triumphant journey these soldiers take from injury to recovery, of which CBG's barracks are a crucial stepping stone," said Joe Justice, senior project executive at Clark Builders Group.
The buildings are also adjacent to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) and Battalion Headquarters/Company Operations Facility (COF), providing an added convenience for the soldiers.
About Clark Builders Group
As the second largest multifamily builder in the nation, Clark Builders Group (CBG) is one of the nation's premier builders of luxury apartments, military family housing, and mixed-use communities. CBG has constructed more than 60,000 homes since its founding in 1992 and boasts an extensive portfolio of nationally acclaimed, award-winning communities on both coasts. CBG is an affiliate of the Clark Construction Group, one of the nation's oldest and largest private general contractors. For more information, visit www.clarkbuildersgroup.com.