A new, state-of-the-art and environmentally-responsible building will allow VAPHS researchers to remain on the forefront of the latest advances in health care delivery.
U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle served as the special guest and keynote speaker at the ceremonial groundbreaking on Sept. 26.
"This new facility will be the future site of clinical studies and medical breakthroughs carried out with one grand purpose – to offer groundbreaking, outstanding health care to our Nation's heroes," said Terry Gerigk Wolf, VAPHS director and CEO.
The research office building is the final piece of a multi-phase, multi-million dollar project to consolidate the three-division VAPHS into two divisions. P.J. Dick Inc. is the general contractor, and Astorino is the design firm. Researchers and administrators should begin to move in by fall 2013.
The three-story, 100,000-square-feet research facility will include office, lab and support space. Also planned is a rooftop helipad, which will allow VAPHS to accept transplant patients from other medical centers. Many of VA Pittsburgh's researchers are working on projects affiliated with UPMC, which is right next door to the University Drive division.
In fiscal year 2010, VAPHS received $29.4 million for 149 investigators to work on 350 projects. VA Pittsburgh is home to four national research centers of excellence.
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