The Northwest Regional Hospital site is a large piece of land that encompasses approximately 132.5 acres. It has a rich history dating back to WWII, where it was first used as a military hospital. However, since the 1970s, the site has been used for various purposes. The City of Rome retained TSW to research, evaluate, design, document, and execute creative place-making for the site.
The process of redesigning the site included a thorough site assessment, stakeholder input, a project visioning session, and final site design. The top project priorities that directed the design included job creation, an increase of tax base, opportunities for heavy manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and hi-tech uses, and civic amenities.
TSW’s site assessment evaluated the current condition of the site and identified any potential environmental or infrastructure issues that would need to be addressed in the redesign. Stakeholder input was then gathered from local residents, businesses, and community organizations to ensure that the new design met the needs and wants of the community.
A project visioning session was then held to identify the overall goals for the site and to develop a concept plan. The final site design incorporated all of the project priorities, including job creation, an increase in tax base, opportunities for heavy manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and hi-tech uses, and civic amenities. The design also took into account the needs of the community and the environment, ensuring that the new development was sustainable and beneficial for all stakeholders.
Overall, the redevelopment of the Northwest Regional Hospital site is an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant and sustainable community. TSW’s design process ensures that the new development will meet the needs of the community, create jobs, and promote economic growth while also being mindful of the environment. The design is expected to be executed in phases over the next few years.