Iron Mountain VA Medical Center opens $12M addition
The project added 12,300 square feet to the facility, renovated nearly 4,000 square feet of the existing Community Living Center, and provided 11 more single-occupancy rooms for residents.
IRONMOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Veterans residing in the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center now have a bigger space.
“It’s great for our veterans. Basically, what we did is add 11 private rooms,” said the VA’s associate chief for inpatient nursing, Paul Seim.
Seim says this will allow each of the 40 veterans to have their own area.
“Each private room has their own bathroom, so it gives them their own space,” he added.
The VA dedicated the newest addition to its facility October 28th, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on their main campus.
“The idea to build this project came about through an effort to enhance the living conditions for veterans that live in our facility,” said Rebecca Strini the associate medical director for the VA.
She says the $12.1 million project adds 12,300 square feet to the facility. It renovates nearly 4,000 square feet of the existing Community Living Center.
“It will give 11 veteran residents, a new single room, which to live while receiving care,” she said. “There are also four spacious and accommodating hospice rooms with walk-out garden views.”
The build also provides a more homelike environment including more space for dining and recreation, as well as a barber shop and living room area. The construction began in the beginning of May 2019.
"It’s taken a little longer than expected, due to COVID-19 said Seim.
But he says veterans will be moving into the new rooms shortly, as soon as the finished touches are done.
The architect and engineer of record is Berners-Schober Associates of Green Bay, Wis., and the general contractor for the build is Direct Steel, LCC of Crystal Lake, Illinois.
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