GSA and Veterans Affairs break ground on new outpatient clinic in Chesapeake, Virginia
On Oct. 5, 2022, PBS Commissioner Nina Albert joined other federal officials to break ground on a new veterans clinic in Chesapeake, Virginia. Commissioner Albert joined Dr. Taquisa Simmons of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, 3rd Congressional District Representative Bobby Scott and other dignitaries to kick off construction of the facility.
The 196,000 square-foot facility will improve veterans’ access to outpatient services such as primary care, mental health and eye clinic services. The facility will also provide new specialty care and advanced imaging services and reduce drive times for many Hampton Roads-area veterans.
The project team anticipates achieving two Green Globes in sustainability by designing and constructing a building that is Energy Star compliant and using building systems that have “near zero” ozone depletion potential.
“We are excited for the construction of our new Healthcare Center,” said Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, Executive Director, Hampton VA Healthcare System. “68% of our Veterans reside on the south side and this facility will increase our capabilities to better serve our Veterans with the care they deserve.”
“GSA is proud to partner with the VA to deliver this facility to provide important healthcare services to the large and growing veterans community in the Chesapeake area,” said Nina Albert, Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service.
The project has a goal of awarding 17.5% of the budget, approximately $1.1 million, to small businesses. Substantial completion is scheduled for summer 2024.
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