Photo by Sam Kittner


Children's National Medical Center, Healing Garden

Washington, DC

Market: Health Care


Children's National Medical Center




2017 Outstanding Project - Structural Renovations under $15 million, Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington
2017 Healthcare Environment Award for Landscape Design, Contract Magazine
2017 Health Care Award of Merit, ENR MidAtlantic

Photo by Sam Kittner

Photo by Sam Kittner

Children’s National Medical Center wanted to provide patients and their families with a garden where they could enjoy time outdoors. The Bunny Mellon Healing Garden dedicated to the First Ladies of the United States, located on the third level of the original 1970s building, is surrounded on three sides by taller wings of the glass-enclosed hospital and opens toward the city on the fourth side. SGH evaluated the existing roof structure and waterproofing, designed strengthening, consulted on new plaza waterproofing, and designed new structural components for the new rooftop garden.