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Video: veteran symbolism infuses LEO A DALY’s Omaha VA clinic design

LEO A DALY’s design for the new outpatient clinic at the VA Omaha campus celebrates the men and women who have served. In this video, designer Jonathan Fliege, AIA, discusses the veteran symbolism infused throughout the architecture.

The new Omaha VA clinic is designed to celebrate the men and women who serve our country. The main thought was to incorporate veteran symbolism throughout the experience.

The north façade of this clinic metaphorically represents the American flag rippling in the wind, reflecting the freedom and sacrifice of our veterans. The main entry façade is about the natural light filtering through those colored panes of glass that represent the honor ribbons that veterans have received through their service.

Similar to the way limestone is laid down in nature, we’ve designed this wall that separates the public and private spaces. It utilizes limestone panels, and that represents the sand that’s tracked home by veterans from foreign lands. In addition to creating a state-of-the-art healthcare environment, our intent was to incorporate these design ideas to honor our veterans.