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April 3, 2015
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs just broke ground on a $152 million mental health and research building at its medical campus on Beacon Hill.
Construction on the six-story, 219,000-square-foot complex will begin later this month and finish in late 2017.
A parking garage that is part of the project is currently under construction.
More than 250 mental health staff and more than 60 mental health researchers will be housed in the new building, which is expected to improve access for veterans seeking treatment.
It will house clinical research and health services, mental health services, biomedical research, substance abuse treatment and recovery center, education and a rehabilitation center.
Stantec is the prime architect and The Design Partnership is the associate architect. Clark Construction Group is the general contractor.
The building will have a grass-covered rooftop, a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation, and two 800-square-foot landscaped courtyards inside.
The interior is designed to have calm and quiet areas with special acoustic materials, and to have a lot of natural light.
The team will seek LEED certification.
In 2014, more than 22,000 veterans in the Puget Sound area sought mental health treatment within the VA health care system, an 8 percent increase from 2013, according to the VA.
“This building will allow more meaningful collaboration between research, training and clinical care that will lead to the most comprehensive, evidence-based and veteran-centered health care for those we serve,” said Joel Mitchell, the hospital's associate chief of staff for mental health, in a statement.
Other project team members are Degenkolb Engineers, structural engineer; Stantec, electrical engineer and mechanical/sustainability consultant; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil engineer; Nakano Associates, landscape architect; GeoEngineers, geotechnical engineer; Davis Langdon, cost estimator; and RFD, lab planner.