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HDR to Help Identify Site/Plan Space for Wounded Combat Vets' Residence


Wounded Warriors Family Support, an Omaha-based national nonprofit, has
retained HDR to help identify the space planning and site requirements
for a new residential home in rural Douglas County for those wounded in

The residence, called the Dunham House, will accommodate combat-wounded
veterans who require various levels of care resulting from traumatic
brain injuries. Design elements will focus on health and wellness, views
of the rural landscape, accessibility and family living—all in a
campus-like setting.

"Many young soldiers' and Marines' mothers are their primary caregivers.
What will happen to them when their mothers can no longer care for them?
Where will they go?" asked Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. John Folsom,
who founded Wounded Warriors Family Support and is spearheading the
project. "We have identified an emerging and urgent requirement and we
will meet it head on. With the support of Americans, we will provide a
home for our combat-wounded veterans who need our help."

Current alternatives for combat-wounded veterans with no family support
are assisted living centers and veterans' homes, which tend to be
populated by older residents and those who don't have the same combat

"HDR is excited to partner with Wounded Warriors Family Support and
Project Advocates on this very important project that embraces our local
disabled veterans," said Robert Hailey, lead architect and project
manager. "In fact, HDR's lead designer, Michael Hamilton and I are both
war veterans ourselves. We're excited to lead the charge on the design
of this residence, which will provide disabled veterans with the best
quality of life for their unyielding sacrifice to our country."

Hal Daub, who serves on Wounded Warriors Family Support's board and
building committee, said he's confident that the organization will be
able to raise an estimated $6 to $10 million to cover the cost of
building the residence and to create an endowment for ongoing
operations. The organization has committed up to $150,000 for the
initial planning and preparation stages, and has hired Project
Advocates, a project management firm, to work alongside HDR during the
planning phase.

The Dunham House was named in honor of Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who served
with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines,1st Marine Division. A recipient of
the Medal of Honor, he died in 2005 of injuries he suffered when
protecting fellow Marines in Husaybah, Iraq.

About Wounded Warriors Family Support
Our mission is to
provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured
or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties
suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically. More
information can be found at

About HDR
For more than a century, HDR
has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries
of what's possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more
than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering,
architecture, environmental and construction services bring an
impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic
approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our

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