Main Exchange Replacement NEX

The Main Exchange Replacement at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is a two-story department store recessed into a sloping hillside with a green roof, making the building unobtrusive to views of nearby historic buildings. According to the official CCASS Performance Evaluation from the Navy, this project was awarded an “OUTSTANDING” performance rating.

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Size: 150,000 SF

Completion: 2012


LEED Gold certification

2013 National Design-Build Merit Award for the design-build team

First Place in Federal Government/Military ($25M-100M) Category, ABC Obelisk Award for Excellence in Construction, 2015

Green Award, ABC Obelisk Award for Excellence in Construction, 2015

ABC Obelisk Award for Excellence in Construction, 2012

National Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Award. 2012

To achieve the Navy’s goals of schedule, budget and building size, the design-build team spent extensive effort from day one to coordinate the phasing, design, and construction of the project

— one example being the design and construction of a temporary facility located near the site so that services could be maintained throughout the project.

John Wood
Vice President, CMH Architects