McCarthy completes the $ 86 million Omaha VA Ambulatory Center in Nebraska
OMAHA, NEB. – McCarthy Building Cos. Completed construction of the Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center, an outpatient facility for veterans valued at $ 86 million.
The property includes seven primary care units, an outpatient surgery suite, and a specialty medicine department that allows 400 additional patients to visit the clinic every day, as well as a dedicated area for women’s health clinics. The new facility, attached to the existing 12-story VA Medical Campus, will open to patients this month.
According to McCarthy, this is the first center in the country to use the CHIPIN for Vets Act, which was passed by Congress in 2016. According to the law, the VA is allowed to accept private donations to complete construction projects. The VA entered into a public-private partnership with the nonprofit group Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corp. (VACDC) to save taxpayers around $ 30 million.
The law also stipulates that the building contractor must use innovative delivery techniques that do not correspond to the specifications and methods prescribed by the federal government. These initiatives include subsurface utility mapping, virtual design and construction, and the use of a design support subcontracting approach rather than a hard bid approach. McCarthy claims to have completed the project four months ahead of schedule.
“Moving away from the traditional design-bid-build delivery format has enabled creative solutions, greater efficiency and functionality, a shorter time frame and ultimately greater value for the VA,” said Ryan Sawall, vice president of McCarthy Building. “We were able to take advantage of the technical and economic innovations that are commonly used in private-sector projects, including performance specifications, modern quality assurance, quality building processes and strategic partnerships.”
The architecture firm Leo A Daly designed the facility with a 12,000 square meter folded glass facade that resembles an American flag waving in the wind. There’s also a 9,000-square-foot wall with differently tinted panes of glass reminiscent of ribbons given to service members.
– Alex Tostado