Wounded Warrior Homes / by Stephanie Amateis

Fairfax, VA
Two Innovative Prototype Homes for Wounded Warriors at Fort Belvoir


A Closer Look //

The radically redesigned Freedom and Patriot homes at Fort Belvoir respond to the unique physical and emotional needs of our nation’s deserving Wounded Warriors. Our team collaborated with world-class scientists, architects, psychologists, consultants, builders, and engineers to take these homes beyond typical code and accessibility requirements. The homes’ features, all of which are designed specifically with the Wounded Warrior in mind, include window and door status sensors, adjustable height countertops, and video monitoring systems. The Freedom home welcomed a returning active duty Wounded Warrior and his family in November 2011, while the Patriot home will first remain open for a short time as a model for research and education. These concept homes serve as prototypes for 19 additional accessible homes at Fort Belvoir, and contribute to a broader dialogue on how developers and builders can leverage thoughtful, human-centered design to better accommodate all people with disabilities.

This is really outstanding. Thank you for your leadership and for everyone on your team’s passion to utilize their talents in order to help our injured service members with such an important project!
— Col. Paul F. Pasquina, M.D., U.S. Army Medical Corps, Chief, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation National Naval Medical Center Walter Reed Army Medical Center
It has been an honor for me and my team to work on these homes with [CRC] and the Army.
— Michael Graves, Principal, Michael Graves and Associates
In my 31 years in uniform, I cannot think of a more significant or successful quality of life initiative. The Patriot and Freedom Homes at Fort Belvoir are clearly an example of what can be done when an innovative and talented team comes together. Even more importantly, they prove once again what can be accomplished when true patriots from different professions, in and out of uniform, come together to honor our heroes and our nation.
— Maj. Gen. Del Eulberg, USAF
The innovation and hard work that [CRC] has put into all of our housing communities at Fort Belvoir, and in these two homes in particular, dramatically improves the quality of life for our service members and their families.
— Col. John J. Strycula, Garrison Commander, Fort Belvoir
We are grateful to our development partner for their unselfish dedication to this project.
— Ivan Bolden, Chief, Public Private Initiatives Division, Assistant Chief of Staff, Installation Management
We were so impressed with [CRC’s] relentless pursuit to put the Wounded Warrior and their needs first in every step of this process. They were a great match for our human-centered design approach to the challenge of designing homes that are functional, accessible, and desirable for anyone.
— Altay Sendil, IDEO Designer, Project Lead on the Wounded Warrior House

Recent Recognition //