We led a VE study for the design development submission for the new Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Orlando, FL., which had an estimated total project cost of more than $5.6 million. The VE study followed the standards and procedures supported by SAVE International. Our VE team approached the study with a consensus understanding that the ultimate success of the new VA Medical Center project would be measured against the “overreaching project goals” established in the S1 submission as: Honoring our veterans, providing patient safety, providing staff flexibility, providing functional flexibility.
The project program, based upon the Department Of Veterans Affairs, Space Planning Program (and) Information Report, reflected a new hospital (free standing) on a Silver Certified LEED® campus exceeding the 90.1 ASHRAE energy requirements by 30 percent. The main hospital/clinic will be a multi-floor structure with seven separate structures consisting of a Community Living Center (CLC), chapel, domiciliary, engineering/warehouse and parking garage connected to the main facility via protected walkways. A detached central energy plant that will serve all first and future facilities. The plan seeks to minimize building entrances and any cross circulation between patient and staff. The current plan considers future development space needs for existing facility expansion, a new separate research laboratory building and a Fisher House.
The result of the VE effort was 157 creative ideas, potentially leading to maximum construction cost saving of $70 million if all compatible ideas are accepted. Following the success of the VE study, the designer retained Faithful+Gould for continuing cost estimation services.