Construction is still going strong at the future site of the gigantic new VA Hospital complex and Businessweek examines the design aspects of building an "upside-down, hurricane proof" hospital. Taking some of the awful post-Katrina hospital experiences to heart, Project Legacy, as the 1.6 million-square-foot space is now labeled, zips the ER, power plant, kitchen, and patient rooms above the 20-foot flood line. A boat dock is also being built (just in case, of course), a massive backup power outage plan is in place, and the 200 private rooms can be double-occupancy spots, if need be. The VA campus, 30 acres bounded by Canal, S. Rocheblave, S. Galvez Streets and Tulane Avenue is scheduled to be up and running in 2016.
· Designing an upside-down, hurricane-proof hospital for New Orleans [Businessweek]
· Project Legacy [official site]
· VA Medical Center coverage [Curbed NOLA]