The Veterans Administration Butler Health Care Center creates a new home for the outpatient needs of nearly 20,000 western Pennsylvania veterans. Designed to support the VA’s new patient centered community care (P3) model, the facility responds to a broad spectrum of veterans’ needs. The building is located 1.4 miles from its previous location in a former tuberculosis sanitarium built in 1938.
The new building houses nine patient-aligned care team areas. Each PACT includes exams rooms with two doors. The patient enters one, and healthcare providers use the other door. Each PACT, including one exclusively for women, features its own waiting area.
The interior design of the VA Butler HCC takes its cue from the area’s farmland and manufacturing heritage. Distinctive curved ceilings reflect the lush rolling landscape, while a grand metal and glass staircase honors the area’s industrial strength. Metal, glass and smooth wood accents throughout balance the manufactured with nature and establish an open, airy feel.
Stantec’s architects, interior designers, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers and landscape architects were part of a public-private partnership team with Cambridge Healthcare Solutions PA and Mascaro Construction Company. The team delivered the $68-million, 168,000-net-square foot building ahead of schedule and under budget. The VA will lease the facility from Cambridge Healthcare Solutions for a 20-year term.