To provide excellent patient care to the mind as well as the body of our veterans, the VA envisioned a new mental health and research building with a new parking structure to serve their Seattle campus. As part of their commitment to seismic safety, they also commissioned a structural and non-structural seismic upgrade of the two existing hospital patient bed towers and the adjacent community living center (CLC). These facilities are critical in providing advanced healthcare for veterans and helping reintegrate them into their communities
For the existing building, minimizing disruption to occupants was a primary concern. Designing to the Immediate Occupancy performance level, Degenkolb’s structural upgrade solution reduced scope and construction cost. The non-structural upgrade utilized laser scanning technology to develop as-built conditions of the building systems.
Degenkolb also designed the new building with a high-performing buckling restrained braced frame system to promote seismic resiliency. To accommodate the flow of traffic on campus without encroaching on facility space, a portion of the parking structure will be subterranean while the aboveground portion is narrow and tall.