Life is full of transitions, and life in the military is no exception. Recent and ongoing conflicts continue to increase war veteran populations in the United States. Upon returning home, many of these veterans require significant physical and mental health services.


With that in mind, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Warrior Transition (WT) Barracks on military installations across the country to provide returning soldiers comfortable places to live, eat, work and train together as they prepare for reintegration into the Army or civilian life.


Sundt demonstrated a thorough understanding of the client’s needs by incorporating a healing garden into our design-build proposal for the WT Barracks at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Collaborating with teams that have designed assisted living facilities and performing internal research on healing gardens and their uses, we developed a wide variety of design features that had never been used before in WT Barracks. The cost was minimal, but the payoff was enormous. The healing garden is comprised of a walking trail, labyrinth, seating areas and covered canopies to foster recreation, reflection and brain stimulation.


Sundt’s specific healing garden design at the WT Barracks at Fort Bliss was the first of its kind and benefited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they developed different ways to help soldiers cope while in transition. The innovative design of the healing garden helped the Army develop a baseline for future facilities and increased awareness about how these facilities as a whole help soldiers heal.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Barracks