Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic?-?Anchorage, Alaska
The Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic is a $67 million 190,000-square-foot facility situated on 13 acres directly adjacent to Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital's central plant and corridor, which is connected to the new facility. The facility was built under a Kiewit-led joint venture, and has more than 400 rooms, including outpatient surgery rooms; dental suites; surgery suite; ambulatory radiology department; laboratory; pharmacy; and audiology, primary care, mental health, specialty care, physical therapy, prosthetics other service areas.
Because of the time-sensitive project schedule, extensive arctic construction methods were required so the team could work during the winter months. Methods included tenting and heating when pouring concrete, roofing and constructing exterior walls and windows.
Major portions of the clinic required tie-ins to the existing third medical group at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital's central plant facilities. The clinic relies on the existing central plant boilers, medical gas systems and cooling well pump system for utilities. The tie-ins required well-coordinated work with minimum shut-down periods.