New Clinical Addition Underway - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


New Clinical Addition Underway

Construction of new clinical addition

Construction of the Providence VAMC's new clinical addition is well underway.

By Article by Lois Brady and Ron Daignault
Friday, September 30, 2011

Pay a visit to the Providence VA Medical Center, and you’re sure to see what is probably our most visible project—a specialty clinic/mental health clinic addition to the east side of Building 1.  This addition, surprisingly, is actually three separate projects—being designed and constructed by Gilbane Building Company who is working with Cannon Design.  The Army Corps of Engineers is helping administer this construction project. 

The first level of the new addition will provide an electrical upgrade for our Medical Center as well as new space for mechanical and electrical equipment.  The first and second floors, which are each approximately 6400 gross square feet, will be Specialty Clinic exam rooms as well as procedure rooms for outpatient clinics such as dermatology, urology, orthopedics, colorectal surgery, and plastic and vascular surgery.  The third and fourth floors will also be about 6400 gross square feet and will be used for Outpatient Mental Health consultations and group therapy rooms.  This project also includes a 900 square foot elevator core, which will provide accommodations for bariatric bed transport.  The new elevator will serve lobby areas from the basement to the sixth floor, and an elevated walkway will provide access from the new addition’s elevators to the existing Operating Room (OR)/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) to provide a safe and dedicated corridor for patient transport.  The overall building design will accommodate future construction for two additional floors.

The contract for this project was awarded in December 2010, and construction began in April 2011.  The scheduled completion date is May 2012.  The completed structure is designed to blend well with existing and new construction and includes work such as exterior landscaping and new walkways and roadway repairs.  The structure will also meet Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.

The Providence VA Medical Center continues to update its infrastructure and improve the quality of treatment provided to our Veterans by making our Medical Center safer, more efficient, greener, and better suited to provide our Veterans with the comprehensive brand of care they deserve.  We have just about completed work on a new Outpatient Pharmacy Clinic (scheduled to open mid-October), and we expect to begin design on a new Emergency Department/Intensive Care Unit/Dialysis Clinic later this year.

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