VA medical center a LEED-ing government facility

VA medical center a LEED-ing government facility

The new 1.2 million-square-foot Aurora, Colo., Veterans Affairs Medical Center replaces an older, dated VA hospital built in Denver in the 1950s. Photo by Capt. Ryan Hignight

The nearly 400,000 military veterans in Colorado will soon have a new Veterans Affairs-managed hospital to seek medical attention – and a green one at that. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District declared the construction of the new campus substantially complete in January 2018. The Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center, located in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver, is comprised of 12 buildings and offers veterans a full-service medical facility to meet all of their medical requirements.

The new $1.7 billion, 1.2 million-square-foot hospital replaces an older, dated VA hospital built in Denver in the 1950s. Within the new hospital, veterans have access to a spinal care injury center, research facilities and a diagnostic treatment center.

The campus meets requirements to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

The VA hospital construction was originally started by a contractor before 2014 but stalled due to some disagreements resulting in litigation filed in court. At that point, the court asked USACE to step in and advise and assist with completing the construction of the project. USACE awarded a completion contract in late 2015 to the original contractor.

To ensure all 12 of the buildings were completed in the prescribed timeline, each was assigned to a different project team, essentially treating each building on the campus as its own project with its own completion date. This differs from a normal USACE project because it normally manages a project from conception to completion, and an entire project is managed by a single team no matter the number of buildings.

The hospital complex consists of a research facility, a diagnostic treatment facility, two inpatient buildings, two new clinic buildings, as well as renovation of a pre-existing clinic building. The concourse, or spine of the campus, is a long corridor that connects all the other buildings allowing both veterans and hospital staff to travel across the campus without stepping outside into the elements. 


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