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ADAPT

as new orleans marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,

two new healthcare facilities are replacing those destroyed in the disaster.
With price tags of about $1 billion each, University Medical Center (UMC)
New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System's
new VA medical center are designed with an impressive level of redundancy and armor to protect against a future blow.
Constructed with materials to withstand 130 mph winds, built on
elevated sites with sacrificial first floors, and able to be fully powered by
on-site energy substations, the hospitals can maintain operations independently and uninterrupted for at least a week. Improving upon the failures of
the past, they also serve as a model in resiliency for new hospitals around
the country.
Worst-case scenario
Surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain,
and marshlands, New Orleans sits at an average elevation of 6 feet below
sea level. When the levees surrounding the city broke on Aug. 29, 2005, a
current of floodwaters rushed through the streets and flooded 80 percent
of the city within two days. Of those who didn't perish in the initial blow
from the storm, many found themselves trapped in attics and on rooftops
for days without food or water. More than 1,000 people died in New
Orleans alone.
In the weeks following the disaster, at least 215 bodies were pulled
from nursing homes and hospitals in the city. In the Uptown section of
New Orleans, Memorial Medical Center was surrounded by floodwaters.
There was no sanitation or electricity, a lack of food, and temperatures
exceeding 110 degrees. It took a week for 2,000 patients, staff, and family
members to be evacuated via boat and helicopter, and at least 45 people
died in the facility.

ERCOME

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, two new
hospitals are rising, with designs that respond to the inherent threats of
the city's geography By Craig Guillot
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - October 2015

Healthcare Design - October 2015
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hcdmagazine.com
Editorial
Show Talk
Monitor
Interiors
The Center
Adapt and Overcome
Seeds of Change
Site Seeing
State of Mind
Research
Special Advertising Section: 2015 Landscape Design Portfolio
First Look
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Healthcare Design - October 2015 - Editorial
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