FIRST LOOK: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Jacksonville Community-Based Outpatient Clinic & Domiciliary
The outpatient clinic's main entrance features warm tones and soft landscaping, highlighted with expansive glass. The first floor is wrapped in glass, allowing the landscape to be viewed from the waiting area. The second floor utilizes solid expanses with ribbon windows to reduce solar heat gain and filter light into the atrium.
A warm wood ceiling and wall provide an inviting entry to welcome patients into the clinic. Blue accents interspersed with wooden elements were chosen to connect the design to the nearby ocean, with the finishes and terrazzo pattern inspired by the color variations of waves.
The wood-wrapped, two-story clinic atrium offers a visual connection between the main and second floor. Long, narrow windows are artfully scattered along a slightly curved wall and provide abundant natural light and exterior views from the second-floor waiting area.
The domiciliary lobby evokes freshness and the color palette and lighting provide a calming space.
The domiciliary living room provides a gathering space where veterans can connect with each other, while easily supervised by staff at the nearby nurse station.
The pergola offers shade and allows the physical therapy space to extend to the outdoors, providing patients the benefits of nature in their healing process.
The two-story atrium allows for an abundance of natural light to enter the building.
The main hub of the domiciliary offers connectivity and the use of colors and wayfinding guides veterans to where they need to be.
The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., has selected the team of developer US Federal Properties (USFP; Kansas City, Mo.), architectural firm Hoefer Welker (Kansas City), and construction firm Meyer Najem Construction (Jacksonville, Fla.) to build the new facility which the VA will lease from USFP. The existing mental health and primary care services will be consolidated into the new outpatient clinic and domiciliary. The need for the new campus comes from outgrowing existing facilities and wanting to serve the area’s 45,000 veterans better.
Slated for completion in 2023, the 193,500-square-foot comprehensive outpatient clinic will feature the VA’s Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model of care, which centers on patient-driven, proactive, personalized, and team-based care. A separate 28,500-square-foot domiciliary will provide residential rehab and treatment services for homeless veterans.
The project team will focus on sustainable design features for the architecture and interior design, including high-performance glazing, energy-efficient lighting, native landscapes to reduce water usage, and an on-site detention basin that collects storm water runoff and minimizes peak runoff to wetlands. The project will be built to achieve a Two Green Globes certification for New Construction administered by the Green Building Initiative.
The two-story lobby in the outpatient clinic acts as a wayfinding element and will be used to create a connection between the first and second floors. Large windows, warm wood panels, accent colors, and natural elements will create a fresh and relaxing environment for veterans and their families. The outpatient clinic and domiciliary will be connected with a covered walkway. The domiciliary’s patient wing will be arranged around a central nurses’ station, allowing for panoramic visibility of the resident bedroom corridors.
The clinic will also include an extensive imaging program with MRI, CT, and women’s imaging center, as well as substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment programs.
Facility name: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Jacksonville Community-Based Outpatient Clinic & Domiciliary
Location: Jacksonville, Fla.
Expected completion date: 2023
Owner: US Federal Properties Co. LLC
Total building area: 193,500 sq. ft.
Total construction cost: Confidential
Cost/sq. ft: Confidential
Architecture firm: Hoefer Welker
Interior design: Hoefer Welker
General contractor: Meyer Najem Construction
Engineering: Sain Associates (civil engineer), Bob D. Campbell & Co. (structural engineer), Smith & Boucher Inc. (mechanical engineer), Land3 Studio LLC (landscape architect), FSC Inc. (life safety), Protection Engineering (blast engineer)