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A Sustainable Military
Healing Community

Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center Replacement
Kaiserslautern, Germany

“Our goal is the development-quality, sustainable healing environment that clearly improves patient outcomes and affirms the trust of beneficiaries served.”

Col. Brad Dunbar
Health Facilities Planning Agency, United States Army

The US and German governments have jointly commissioned a military medical center that will serve a community of more than 36,000 active and retired military personnel and their families. 

As a place of great clinical innovation, the center will bring together Army and Air Force services to deliver care from one location, enhancing operational efficiencies and the overall patient experience.

Patient care will be organized around centers of specializations, which will align related services into population-specific centers. This arrangement will support a rapid cycle model of care to serve injured military personnel arriving directly from active duty.

With the primary goal of creating a sustainable healing environment that improves patient outcomes and affirms the trust of the individuals served, the project will comply with both US and German requirements and pursue a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

Advanced technology is guiding the design process, with building information modeling tools enabling the project team to work collaboratively across two continents and engage with more than 20 consultant teams.

The facility is designed to perform at a high level throughout its life cycle, using standardized building modules to enhance flexibility and accommodate future changes in medical services and technologies.

HOK is collaborating with HWP Planungsgesellschaft on the design.


LEED Silver minimum anticipated


1 million sq. ft. / 92,900 sq. m.


Building Enclosure
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Medical Planning
Urban Design


Percentage of regularly occupied spaces with outdoor views


Improvement in performance over US military energy code


Improvement in performance over German 2009 energy code


30 July 2013
“Five HOK Projects Featured in Sustainable Healthcare Architecture Book”
HOK News

26 November 2012
“The Best Medicine for Fixing the Modern Hospital”
Fast Company

30 April 2012
“In the Line of Duty”
World Architecture News 

29 February 2012
“German, US Officials Meet to Discuss Proposed New KMC Medical Center”
US Air Force