Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center by Leo A Daley
FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
After three years of planning and construction, the pioneering Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center was opened on August 3rd on the campus of the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center. LEO A DALY directed all architecture, engineering, and interior design services for the $ 86 million facility, which was provided under a public-private partnership (P3) thanks to private contributions of $ 30 million and the balance of federal funds. The facility will provide the region’s 40,000 or so veterans with state-of-the-art healthcare and accommodate around 400 patients per day.
The architectural features of the facility honor military service on three levels and a floor area of 160,000 square meters. The collaboration between architecture and engineering created unique expressions of freedom, sacrifice, honor and duty. For example, a distinctive “flag wall” includes waiting areas that run the entire length of the north side of the building. The folded glass shape was created through sophisticated structural and architectural coordination. Viewed from both sides, the wall seems to undulate as moodily as an American flag waving in the wind. Meanwhile, alternating colors on the west facade symbolize the “colored bars” that the military and military women deserve for bravery and heroism. Both walls use transparent glazing to let plenty of daylight into the interior.
Inside there are eight primary care clinics, including a separate clinic for female veterans and a specialty clinic shared by orthopedists, cardiologists, and other specialist practices. All clinics use Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) programming to improve patient privacy and navigation. By centralizing clinical staff and resources, the PACT model also encourages collaboration. In addition to the radiology department, there is a new outpatient surgery center on the third floor. On the first level, a new connecting building provides direct access to the existing hospital and its indoor services.
The interiors of the new facility are designed to promote a feeling of comfort, refuge and reflection. Additional amenities help patients and relatives to wait. This includes an outdoor healing garden and specially commissioned works of art installed in the facility’s public space. Each artwork shows an association with local veterans, and many of them were created by veteran artists.
The Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center is the first P3 project to have taken place since Congress passed the Investment and Needed Improvement Support Act (CHIP IN) for Veterinarians in 2016 with those used in private health projects. The innovative delivery method was driven by local business leaders who wanted to expand access to quality health care for local veterans and build a new model for veteran medical facilities across the country.