Washington, D.C. Veterans Affair Medical Center
Total New Gross Square Footage: 12,450
Total Renovated Gross Square Footage: 3,000
This project is an expansion of both the existing Emergency Department (ED) from its current 3,500 sq. ft. of space to a newly constructed 6,000 sq. ft. area located on the first floor of the ‘E’ wing of the Medical Center’s Building ‘1’ as well as expansion of the Operating Room (OR) procedure rooms on the second floor directly above it from 5 to 7 operating rooms. In addition, it will relocate the existing DECON unit to a location adjacent to the ED, expanding it from its current 1,700 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft. The ED’s expansion and the DECON unit will be newly constructed space whereas the operating suite will require renovation to the existing space in order to maintain the contiguous clean core required, along with 4,000 sq. ft. of newly constructed space contiguous with the ED expansion on the floor below.
One of the two operating room’s will be fit with a fixed imaging equipment. The OR expansion will also include a procedure room to meet requirements of bariatric patients which is a growing need within healthcare provisions.
The emergency department expansion will increase patient privacy, improve quality of care, and processes of daily care in the area and medical center.
Construction of a new DECON unit will solve the problems of existing decontamination facility, and providing the following benefits: Allowing flow-through ambulance traffic; Allowing the DECON facility to feed casualties toward the Emergency Department, where supplies and personnel can be concentrated; Triage and urgent care provided the ED and not in an improvised, crowed setting; Air handling systems designed to provide optimal air flow to prevent entry of contamination; Provide ample storage, changing, and supply staging space; Provide easy flow-through route for the entry of supplies; Provide space of far greater utility could be built and used for training, ED surge capacity, and “isolated” patient reception for influx of infections patients.