WBCM provided structural engineering, civil engineering, and architecture for the expansion of the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Clarksburg, WV.
WBCM conducted an extensive feasibility study and analysis of the site before deciding that incorporating the new 92,000 square-foot, 120-bed nursing facility into the existing VAMC was the best option both functionally and fiscally. Connecting the two facilities allowed for the sharing of services between the facilities, including the full-service kitchen.
Upgrades to the existing facility included roofing, repaving, brick, sidewalks, and parking areas. WBCM provided engineering services for the selective demolition required to combine the two medical facilities. Demolition design included a lintel design that allowed the removal of a wall on a lower level without using post shoring.
WBCM assisted the VAMC in creating a staffing plan and total needs package for all equipment in the combined facility. WBCM provided technological conceptual design and performed a cost/cost-performance trade-off analysis that demonstrated how employing state-of-the-art technology and increasing efficiency could help maintain a low-to-moderate cost of living for the new nursing facility’s patients.
Throughout the design, WBCM incorporated solutions to enhance patient-nurse-doctor communications and increase the efficiency of medication distribution and recordkeeping while instituting a virtually wireless nurse-call system. The system combines wireless and fiber-optic technologies to provide staff with alerts using pagers while on or off the campus.
WBCM adhered to Veterans Affairs criteria, West Virginia state codes and GSA guidelines to prepare a regulatory-compliant program and create operational and master plans for the combined complex.
WBCM commissioned the facility and provided training for the facility’s users on infrastructure resource, the nurse-call system, HVAC operations, and food services.
West Virginia Veterans Administration
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