Extended Care Building

Client: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Type: Design-Build
Location: Des Moines, IA
Completed: 2011
Project Size: 83,200 sqft
    Project Notes:
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $25M

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a full and open competed award for the design/build of a new $24 million, 83,200 sq. ft., Extended Care Building (ECB) nursing home containing 102 beds and outpatient services. The ECB is a three story building and partial basement with a tunnel connector to the existing hospital. Based on our knowledge of VA design criteria NIKA, an 8(a) Minority-owned Small Disadvantaged Business, was contracted by the Design Build contractor to provide full Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Structural design services and additionally perform Fire and Life Safety Compliance reviews of all disciplines, including Architecture.

Work includes all mechanical (including all sprinkler, fire and life safety systems), electrical, and structural engineering services to prepare complete and coordinated construction documents and construction services required for the installation of the new ECB. This includes design of a new 100+ car parking lot, utility relocation, grading, tying into existing underground connecting utility tunnel and an underground pedestrian link connecting to the main VA Medical Center.

The facility contains a dining room on each floor, private and semi-private resident rooms with full baths to support 102 beds, a physical therapy gymnasium, a multi-purpose recreation room on each floor, TV lounges on each floor, conference room/auditorium and staff, administrative and physician offices. The existing hospital is to be kept open for use by visitors, patients and hospital staff during construction.

A unique aspect of this project was the structural design. NIKA began the project with the RFP at 35% design completion. Due diligence by NIKA’s design team determined that the floor-to-floor height of the original structural design was unworkable as the structural system was 18’ to 21’ deep leaving less than the required 9’ finished floor-to-ceiling height; therefore, a major re-design was required.  NIKA was tasked to provide a re-design of the structural systems to fall within the pre-determined height and the VA budgetary limitations.  NIKA re-designed the entire structural system, including the foundation, from a steel beam and composite floor system to a pre-cast hollow-core plank building with structural lightweight concrete. The complete re-design mandated a vigorous and expedited effort by NIKA to maintain the design/build schedule.

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NIKA specializes in the areas of 3D AutoCAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM). All NIKA design professionals have completed extensive training on REVIT for both the architecture and MEP suites.

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