Virgin Islands Department of Health
Charles Harwood Medical Center Complex
Culturally significant public health
After the Charles Harwood Medical Center Complex (CHMC) sustained significant damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the ability of the Department of Health (DOH) to serve residents on the island of St. Croix and across the U.S. Virgin Islands was severely compromised. As such, FEMA determined that a complete facility replacement would be required.
The DOH engaged Flad to design a cutting-edge public health and wellness facility that offers centralized administrative and regulatory services for the territory, as well as optimal patient care services and educational opportunities to everyone who seeks healthcare on the island and in the territory. Garnering community and stakeholder perspectives was foundational to the design process and critical in designing a culturally significant, leading-edge facility. Working closely with DOH leadership and our local architectural partners, we brought community members and key stakeholders together to understand their needs, vision, and criteria for strength and stability for this unique and impactful recovery project.
The innovative, 230,000-square-foot replacement complex will offer a full range of wellness and medical services including a teaching kitchen, conference facilities, clinics, dentistry, behavioral health, and other vital health and wellness services in a warm, modern environment with advanced equipment and technology. It will also house resources to support public health needs, including regulatory and other administrative services for the broader territory. This includes a BSL-2 and BSL-3 lab, as well as education and conference spaces dedicated to community learning, awareness, and engagement.
Ultimately, the new CHMC will be a centralized hub that the community can rely on during moments of vulnerability, while the structure itself will demonstrate strength and resilience for generations to come.
LocationChristiansted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands