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  Mental Health Clinic, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Page 62Mental Health Clinic, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Foss Associates, Architecture & Interiors
810 4th Avenue South, #260, Moorhead, MN 56156

St. Cloud, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 16,726
Construction Period: Apr 2000 to July 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Breitbach Construction Co. - 802 1st Avenue, Elrosa, MN 56325
Structural Engineer: Heyer Engineering - 10 North 8th Street, Fargo, ND 58102
Electrical Engineer: Ulteig Engineers, Inc. - 1401 Oak Manor Avenue, Fargo, ND 58103
Mechanical Engineer: Obermiller Nelson Engineering, Inc. - 2201 12th Street North, Suite E, Fargo, ND 58102
Landscape Architect & Cost Estimator: Foss Associates, Architecture & Interiors - 810 4th Avenue South, #260, Moorhead, MN 56156

The Department of Veterans Affairs wanted their new mental health clinic to be a continuation of the consolidation of the Mental Health Programs for this location. The project objective for Building No. 28 for Foss Associates was to design a "state-of-the-art" facility for outpatient care.

The design creates a new main entry for Building No. 28 and provides a 14-foot clearance covered drop-off for patients and visitors. Inside, the new facility is visually open with ample natural light. This was considered psychologically important for the patients. 

The design intent for the exterior was to relate the new addition to the existing campus architecture. The new brick matches the existing brick in both color and coursing, including the use of soldier coursing and other decorative effects common to the VA campus, such as cast stone base, string course and sills. The new roofs match the existing roofs 7/12 pitch, as well as the composition shingles and dark bronze sheet metal cornice. The new addition completed in July 2001 accommodates both the patients and the staff of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center alike.

DIV 07: Waterproofing: Grace Construction Products; Asphalt Shingles: GAF Marquis® Weathermax® Shingles; Membrane: Carlisle Syntec; Skylights: Sunglo.
DIV 08: Metal Doors & Frames, Wood Doors: Steelcraft; Overhead Doors: Midland; Entrances & Storefronts: United States Aluminum; Metal Windows: St. Cloud Window.
DIV 09: Tile: Fritz Tile; Acoustical Treatment: USG; Gypsum: National Gypsum; Metal Studs & Trim: Dietrich Industries; Resilient Flooring: Armstrong, VPI, Roppe; Carpet: Lee#s.
DIV 10: Wall & Corner Guards: CS Group; Toilet & Bath Accessories: Santana.

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