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Accessible Military Housing
Formerly the Wounded Warrior Home Project

Accessible Military Housing

Formerly the Wounded Warrior Home Project

National Dialogue on Accessiblity


While the initial assignment was to create accessible homes that would improve the quality of life for servicemen and women or family members with disabilities, the project launched a wider conversation about what makes a building and site accessible. While barrier-free access typically mitigates mobility challenges, we found that other disabilities  – sight, auditory, cognitive, and post-traumatic stress among others  – also needed to be considered.  MGA&D’s initial assignment was to develop two prototypes – the Patriot Home and the Freedom Home – at Fort Belvoir. We subsequently undertook post-occupancy evaluations of our designs and other houses to improve the size, efficiency and cost of the prototypes for a subsequent rollout at Fort Belvoir and elsewhere.

Human Focused Features


The design of the homes incorporates many best practices for accessibility, from fully accessible yards and garages that accommodate vans with lifts, to spacious internal floor plans that allow easy wheelchair passage throughout, no-sill thresholds and height-adjustable counter tops.  Privacy and acoustical treatment of certain spaces address the needs of individuals with PTSD and cognitive difficulties. Low window sills and side lights at doors allow the occupants to see outside easily, improving the perception of safety and security.

Project Details

Project Lead:

Thomas P. Rowe, AIA

Kathy Dy, RA

Matthew Ligas, AIA

Location:

Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Size:

3,000 SF (approx.)

Completion Date:

2011 and ongoing

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