The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center building in Houston comprises a vertical expansion and renovation to house the relocated Mental Health Clinic Trauma Recovery Program, the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Therapy Programs, and the Telemedicine Psychotherapy Program.

The project includes renovation of the first floor, with the new clinic to be located on the second floor. Ancillary and support services are strategically located throughout the clinic. The design will be compatible with the existing architecture on campus and will include materials such as tilt-up or pre-cast concrete panels along with abundant glass to maximize natural daylight to the interior spaces.

Taking cues from mental health issues unique to veterans, the interior spaces will provide tall, open spaces as well as intimate places for privacy. The interior finishes will be warm and welcoming, providing more of a hospitality environment. Sustainable design concepts will be included throughout the facility.

Facility name: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Building

Location: Houston

Completion date: March 2018

Owner: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Total building area: 28,860 sq. ft. (23,754 new + 5,106 renovation)

Total construction cost: $8 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $277.20

Architecture firm: Page

Interior design: Page

Civil: H2B
Structural: Henderson Rogers Structural Engineers
MEP: Page
Low Voltage: 4b Technology
Traffic and Parking Garage: Walter P. Moore & Associates

Construction: TL Services