On July 1, 2021, Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering was honored to attend the Dedication Ceremony and Centennial Celebration at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. This 1.1 million square foot facility will serve soldiers and veterans, their families, and civilian residents in the El Paso area. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was an exciting opportunity for 7GAE to see the final facility, learning more about the building’s significance, and be a part of its historical dedication.
Kerry Lester and Dale Dahlgren, both of Seven Generations A+E, have been working on the William Beaumont Army Medical Center for several years. In conjunction with NIKA, the 7GAE team provided medical equipment planning, logistics, and planning efforts for IMIT (information management and information technology). Multiple site visits and countless hours of work supported the critical facility that will expand healthcare services in El Paso.
Also attending the dedication ceremony for the $1.4 billion-dollar facility was Ivan McPherson, Federal Program Manager at 7GAE. “To see years of hard work and effort come to fruition with this completed facility is an incredible thing,” says Ivan. “Many men and women have worked tirelessly on the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and the ribbon-cutting was an opportunity to meet many of them. I look forward to seeing all the ways that the facility impacts community health in the future.” The facility will begin accepting patients on July 11, 2021.
The history of the first William Beaumont Army Medical Center stretches back to the 19th century. Named after Army surgeon William Beaumont, the Father of Gastric Physiology, the original hospital building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. While the legacy building has served countless patients, the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center promises modern facilities, more beds, and new trauma rooms that better serve the population.