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Thursday, September 19, 2019  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

The First VA Healthcare Facility Project Under the C.H.I.P.I.N. for Veterans Act

John Andrews AIA, NCARB
Vice President, Senior Project Manager, Leo A Daly
Jeff Monzu AIA, NCARB
Vice President, Senior Project Manager, LEO A DALY
Dan Therrien, PE, FHFI
Director of Facilities Planning, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

With a co-presenter from the Veterans Administration in Chicago, this session will examine how private-healthcare design processes can influence a VA medical project. Presenters will illuminate outcomes from a trailblazing VA Ambulatory Care Center project in Omaha, Nebraska, expected to open in mid 2020. Its $86 million price tag saves taxpayers roughly $30 million by using donations from the non-profit Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation (VACDC), but the donations came with conditions. The benefactor prescribed innovative delivery, which encouraged congress to pass the new law. The law’s title stands for Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needed for Veterans Act of 2016. It paved the way for Veterans Administration hospitals to take advantage of the technical and economic innovations commonly used in private-sector projects, including performance specifications, modern QA/QC processes, and strategic partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast timelines and outcomes between traditional VA healthcare projects and the new VA Omaha Ambulatory Care Center
  2. Understand events leading congress to pass the “CHIP IN for Vets Act”
  3. Differentiate between what the law does and does not allow.
  4. Apply lessons learned when partnering with the VA and private entities on projects.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH