U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Sheridan Healthcare System Expansion & Renovation

Sheridan, WY
22,000 SF
2 Years

The first floor of Building 71N at Sheridan Wyoming Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) has been operating as the primary care unit in its current configuration since it was built in 1989. Additional services and staff have been added over the years, and the patient load has increased.

The design team out of the Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering (7GAE) | Alliance Consulting joint venture provided drawings to remodel 12,000 square feet of existing space to bring it up to current standards and add an additional 10,000 square feet of space. The expansion will provide more space for specialty clinics and providers, as well as classes for group sessions, patient education and overall health and wellness. The newly expanded space will allow the MRI suite to be located within the building and women’s healthcare services to be expanded.

This team performed at an exceptional level regarding process improvements that were incorporated into the design. Staff time and effort was greatly reduced by utilizing their principles.” -Steve Lovingood, Contracting Officer

This project will enable medical services to more fully align with the Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT) model healthcare delivery, allowing for greater interaction among various medical disciplines and staff.

The VA is anticipating a future second-floor expansion above the addition so the team had to keep that in mind during design. The team was also successful in providing more examination rooms in the design than originally anticipated, allowing the VA to provide services to more veterans at once.

A blast analysis was also performed, which resulted in modifying the addition and making design alterations that deployed passive distance-related protections. By controlling the distance between vehicles and the building, the team was able to reduce the overall project cost. Interior glass and the exterior façade were also designed to be blast resistant.

Sustainable design will be another important factor. The facility will be designed to reduce fossil fuel-generated energy consumption by utilizing energy-efficient HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, and installing energy-efficient doors and windows.

The design team will maximize energy conservation and efficiency by utilizing natural daylight, installing highly efficient lighting systems with occupant controllability, purchasing Energy Star rated equipment and appliances, and creating thermal zones for improved zone-level control. The overall goal is to reduce energy usage by 20% from the previous year. Construction and demolition waste will be reduced by 50% and adequate recycling locations will be provided throughout the building. The project will also use materials with low or no VOCs to reduce offgassing of harmful chemicals during occupancy.

Contact us

If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.

Bodwé Professional Services

415 E. Prairie Ronde St.
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering

600 East Michigan Avenue
Suite B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

3463 Magic Drive,
Suite T15
San Antonio, TX 78229

The Steelhead Engineering Company

259 E. Michigan Ave.,
Suite 407
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

WBK Engineering

116 W. Main St.
Suite 201
St. Charles, IL 60174

68 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Blue Star Integrative Studio

320 S. Boston Avenue
Ste. 1710
Tulsa, OK 74103

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