Veterans'
Respite

The landscaped grounds at the new VA medical center in New Orleans will honor American veterans, by contributing to their comfort and healing, and by expressing reverence for the sacrifices they made on the country’s behalf.

The need for a new regional hospital came about after Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the VA’s existing facility in 2005. The new state-of-the-art, 1.7-million-square-foot replacement medical center is located adjacent to historic Canal Street, just blocks away from downtown New Orleans. Here, a collection of bed towers, clinics, and parking structures are connected by a generous central public concourse, and the resulting gaps between the buildings form outdoor landscape spaces.

These spaces, programmed as arrival plazas, entrance gardens, courtyards and dining areas, provide outdoor views and draw veterans, their families and staff outside. While keeping with the contemporary style of the architecture and interiors, the outdoor gardens and courtyards are also designed to reflect the revered landscapes found throughout the city of New Orleans. Garden walls, beautiful paving, lush planters, wrought-iron screens, textural and colorful native plants, and sculptural elements create engaging spaces that are contemporary yet familiar.

Of all the spaces, the Veteran’s Garden will be the most public — a place that will function as an attractive garden for respite, but also a space that will comfortably accommodate gatherings for special events and ceremonies for Memorial and Veteran’s Day.

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Awards

Awards

Ohio Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award