VA Palo Alto to Break Ground on Basic Science Research and Veterinary Medical Unit Building - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto to Break Ground on Basic Science Research and Veterinary Medical Unit Building

June 6, 2016

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected S. J. Amoroso Construction to build a new Basic Science Research and Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU) building, to be located on the campus of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California.

A small ground breaking ceremony is set for August 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., on the Palo Alto campus, to help kick-off the construction of the new building.

The $95,207,000.00 contract was awarded to S. J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc. of Redwood Shores, California, on April 27, 2016. The facility is part of the ongoing Phase 2 project at VA Palo Alto, which also includes a new radiology center, a 5-level parking structure, and a new ambulatory care center.

In partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine, VA Palo Alto’s research program is at the forefront of innovation and discovery. With a $53 million annual research budget and 700 researchers, it is the second largest research enterprise in the Veterans Health Administration.

“Our investigators at VA Palo Alto are performing cutting edge research that is aimed, ultimately, to enhance the care we provide for our Veterans,” said Dr. Philip Tsao, chief of the VA Palo Alto research program.

The new Basic Science Research and VMU building is intended to replace outdated facilities currently located within five separate buildings, by consolidating under one roof in a 95,000 gross square foot facility.The building will be occupied on three levels with one unoccupied utility level, housing a basic science research center and a research vivarium.

The below-grade vivarium will include offices, a biosafety level-two suite, and behavior and surgical suites. On the ground floor, the 2-story light filled entry lobby, with elevators and a stair, is designed to encourage communication and connection between the VMU and researchers. The first and second stories will include open, flexible modular research labs with abundant natural light, support spaces, and offices.

The design of the building as a whole is based on the idea that collaboration is vital to the advancement of research and will also achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Designated as a Mission Critical building, it will have 100% emergency electrical power capacity.

The Basic Science Research VMU building is one of three research facilities currently planned for the east edge of the VA Palo Alto campus.