Grad Students Design Wounded Warrior Clinic

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Graduate students with Kansas State University's architecture program got to show off their skills at Fort Riley Wednesday.

Irwin Army Community Hospital partnered with the university's Interior Architecture program as part of a class project.

The master's students designed a rehabilitation clinic for wounded warriors returning from combat and made their final presentations to hospital officials on post.

"This is a design exercise. The students have engaged in research- learning about the healing aspects and evidence-based design that yields design results that actually help people as they are healing and takes into account all of the attributes of the physical environment that assist in that healing. And so this is an exercise that hopefully will be repeated hopefully for a couple of years and we’ll gain more research that can actually be put into the hands of practitioners as they’re working to design these facilities," said professor Katherine Ankerson.

"They’ve been able to incorporate research, design development, exploration, learning about the aspects of wounded warriors and how we design the physical environment to really support the healing and wellness of these returning warriors," she added.

The students received feedback from the Army hospital's command team and clinic leaders on their projects.

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