By Nick Gilbert
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen Billings VA 2008 as the contractor to construct a new outpatient medical care unit in Billings, Montana.
Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, assures people that the veterans of Montana will have access to excellent medical care that should be awarded to them in recognition of their service to the country. One goal of the Secretary has been to make it possible for veterans living anywhere to be able to avail veteran services and medical care. Toward achieving this goal, VA is adopting a three-way development by way of improved techniques, plans and benefits.
The contract offered to Billings VA 2008 on August 31 will generate around 399 construction jobs. When the unit is built in 2014 summer, VA will pay around $1.8 million as yearly rent. As per the contract, a single-story structure will be constructed on Spring Creek Lane in Billings. The venture will comprise space of 52,141 sq. ft. forspecialized services for veterans, which will be inclusive of mental health care, elementary care, specialized care, laboratory,outpatient surgical unit, pharmacy, radiology, audiology, dentistry, eye health, and physical therapy. Besides, the Veterans Business Administration offices and 230 parking spaces will also be accommodated on the premises.
The new unit will be close to the current 26,000 sq. ft. CBOC positioned at the west end of Billings at Spring Creek. This drive is a part of the department’s plan for infrastructure advancements to the veterans’ healthcare system.