Center for the Intrepid

Center for the Intrepid
Center for the Intrepid
Center for the Intrepid

Clad in South Dakota granite, this physical rehabilitation center suggests a monument befitting the return of our soldiers from combat. Yet it was delivered as a cost-effective, just-in-time project to serve the pressing needs of severely wounded warriors.


Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund


San Antonio, Texas


Ambulatory Care, Architecture, Behavioral Health, Civil Engineering, Government, Government Health, Health & Wellness, Interiors, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming, Rehabilitation, Sustainable Design, Translational Health Sciences


65,000 SF

Featured Awards

Building Design and Construction Magazine Silver Honor Building Team Award, 2006 

American Council of Engineering Companies National Honor Award, 2007

Healthcare Design Magazine Citation of Merit Award, 2007

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Team Award, 2007

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Texas ABC "Excellence In Construction" award for Interior Construction, 2007

Buildings Magazine Grand Prize New Construction, 2008

Best Commercial Real Estate Medical Facility Award – San Antonio Business Journal, 2008

To meet the aggressive 18-month schedule, SmithGroup's multidisciplinary team mobilized within 48 hours of notification. Construction began while the rehabilitation center was still in design, an integrated delivery approach in which the firm excels.

The design solution elevates the most advanced rehabilitation facility in the world as a reverential, ceremonial form. An elliptical masonry cylinder with large glass openings focuses attention on a ceremonial entrance arch. Clerestory windows and a stepped metal roof complete the classic, respectful sensibility.

Inside, the center combines physical training zones with sophisticated research in prosthetics, robotics, virtual reality and biomechanics. Alongside an indoor pool with wave technology, elevated running track, climbing wall, and uneven terrain and obstacle simulations are first-generation technologies, including a 300-degree, virtual reality immersion environment and an advanced gait analysis laboratory.