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New VA Butler Health Care Center puts veterans at center of attention

Delivered ahead of schedule, HCC offers a transformation in veterans’ care

Opening on September 5, the Veterans Administration Butler Health Care Center (HCC) creates a new home for the outpatient needs of nearly 20,000 western Pennsylvania veterans. Designed to support the VA’s unique patient centered community care (P3) model, the facility responds to a broad spectrum of veterans’ needs.

The new HCC houses primary care, specialty care, behavioral health, dental, diagnostic, laboratory, pathology, radiology, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, physical rehabilitation, women’s health, and more. The spacious building is located just 1.4 miles from its previous location in a former tuberculosis sanitarium built in 1938.

Stantec’s Pennsylvania-based architects, interior designers, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers, and landscape architects were part of a public-private partnership (P3) team with and . The team delivered the $68 million, 168,000 net-square foot, building ahead of schedule and under budget. The VA will lease the facility from Cambridge Healthcare Solutions for a 20-year term.

The VA’s care approach puts the patient at the center of the activity.
Stantec architect and project manager John Reddick reflects, “It has been an honor for our team to have played a part in the project assisting the VA on this much-needed healthcare facility. Some design-construction team members are veterans or we certainly have veterans in our families, so we were highly motivated to design and construct a modern, welcoming place of healing that respects the history and service of those who it serves.”

The new building houses nine . Each PACT includes exams rooms with two doors.  The patient enters one, and healthcare providers use the other door. From medical exams to therapy and other treatments, most professional services come to the veterans, greatly reducing travel time and confusion. Each PACT, including one exclusively for women, features its own waiting area.

The interior design of the VA Butler HCC takes its cue from the area’s farmland and manufacturing heritage. Distinctive curved ceilings reflect the lush rolling landscape, while a grand metal and glass staircase honors the area’s industrial strength. Metal, glass, and smooth wood accents throughout balance the manufactured with nature and establish an open, airy feel. 

Other key features include:

  • A 14 x 30-foot American flag digital mural high up in the lobby and visible from both floors of the two-story building.
  • A multi-purpose room for ceremonies and other large gatherings
  • Canteen for light snacks and coffee.
  • Wellness Center shared by staff and vets
  • Large hydro-therapy pool and patient lift for those with spinal cord injuries.
  • A physical therapy/occupational therapy area with outdoor walking surfaces of varying materials
  • A daycare area
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certified by the US Green Building Council

Team on a mission
The Veterans Administration is committed to bringing modern, multi-service healthcare centers to a growing veterans population across the nation. Not surprising the Cambridge-Stantec-Mascaro team contract established a tight delivery schedule: occupancy within 31 months from the date the contract signing. Due to the team’s experience and an efficient design and construction process, construction was ultimately completed in May 2017, seven months ahead of VA Butler’s deadline.

In March, the building was formally named the Abie Abraham VA Clinic, after a World War II veteran.

Following a ribbon cutting on August 29th, the new HCC will open its doors to patients on September 5th.

About Stantec
We're active members of the communities we serve. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. The Stantec community unites approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents. Our work—architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, engineering, construction services, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, decommissioning, and remediation—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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The new VA Health Care Center will serve more than 20,000 area veterans.

The interior design of the VA Butler HCC takes its cue from the area’s farmland and manufacturing heritage.

The design supports the VA’s mission to keep the patient at the center of care team.

Throughout the building artwork reflects symbols and pride in all five branches of the armed services. 

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