Outpatient Specialty Clinic|
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
246 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Date Bid: Sep 2009 Construction Period: Dec 2009 to Nov
Total Square Feet: 20,139 Site: 50 acres.
Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: First floor, 10,470; second floor, 9,669; total,
20,139 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 15’; penthouse,
10’; total, 39’.
Basic Construction Type: Type IIB/Structural Steel/New
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Architect: Petersen Kolberg and Associates - 6969 Southwest
Hampton Street, Portland, OR 97223
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers - 111 SW Fifth
Avenue, #2500, Portland, OR 97204
Civil Engineer: Don Cushing Associates - 107 SE Washington St.
#265, Portland, OR 97214
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering - 708 SW
Third Avenue, #400, Portland, OR 97204
With its partially brick exterior, the new 20,000-square-foot Outpatient
Specialty Clinic clearly blends in with the Department of Veterans
Affairs' existing, predominantly brick 50-acre Vancouver medical campus.
Its curved metal-paneled entrance, however, gives it a unique identity
that is further demonstrated inside the entry with a dramatic,
two-story, window-lined foyer. The building's interior, which includes
prosthetics lab, eye care, and dental clinics, makes extensive use of
natural light throughout from skylights and windows that also allow
expanded views to the exterior. Together with the predominance of
natural colors and upgraded finishes, the clinic creates an environment
that is both comfortable and comforting, devoid of the Spartan, clinical
feel that is so typically associated with a government-run medical
facility. Earlier this year, the new Outpatient Specialty Clinic
received the Best Public Building Under $10M Award from the Associated
General Contractors' 2012 Build Washington Awards for Construction
When General Contractor Kevcon's construction team began work on the
project, they went through an extensive pre-planning in order to
effectively address the intricacies of the two-story structure.
Committing to an accelerated timeline while working during one of the
rainiest winters on record in the Pacific Northwest proved to be a key
challenge for Kevcon, who had to embrace flexibility, adjusting plans on
a daily basis to ensure that work continued on schedule. The team had to
find a way to keep everyone on the same page so that no time was lost
due to confusion. To accomplish this, Kevcon's management team tested
the capabilities of its P-6 scheduling software, utilizing it as a
day-to-day resource to not only make schedule changes, but to assign new
tasks and show the subcontractors what their often-changing production
rates would have to be to continue to meet the timeline. While the
project easily could have devolved into chaos under such circumstances,
this approach allowed Kevcon to create viable, on-the-spot plans that
everyone could review and understand.
Despite the challenges throughout construction, a superlative building
was delivered an impressive six months ahead of schedule. The ability to
accomplish that under the circumstances was directly related to the
committed teamwork between Kevcon, designer PKA Architects, and the
Department of Veterans Affairs government owner. Each participant
remained focused on making the building successful, so needed decisions
were prioritized and issues quickly resolved. Such a partnership existed
for one simple reason-to provide the Veterans of our nation's military
with a top-quality, well-constructed, well-designed facility that would
be focused on them-one that would exceed their expectations of what a
government agency-run facility would be like. The team succeeded, as the
building elicits accolades from patients and their families, as well as
those within the VA itself for both the quality of its interior spaces
and its aesthetic contribution to the overall medical campus-an
exemplary model for future VA projects.
Metal Panels: Alucobond Gypsum: Georgia Pacific
Decorative Metal Fabrications: Hanset Stainless, Inc.
Membrane Roofing: Carlisle
Resilient Flooring: Forbo Carpet: Mohawk
Lighting: Lithonia, Lightolier, Visa, Nulite
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Sliding Entrances: NABCO Daylighting/Skylights: