Veterans Health Administration
Salas O’Brien provided electrical and plumbing engineering for renovations and upgrades to Miami’s Veteran Administration Hospital, a branch of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the largest healthcare system in the United States.
Commonly referred to as the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Veteran Affairs was commissioned after World War I and elevated to a federal administration in 1930, and it oversees health care, benefits, and rehabilitation services for veterans. With over 1,200 health care facilities serving more than nine million veterans annually, the department’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) comprises the largest healthcare system in the United States.
When one of VHA’s Florida hospitals needed engineering services, the department turned to Salas O’Brien. The Miami VA hospital was built on 26.3 acres of land in 1968, and today it serves the Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties of Miami—a combined region estimated to include over 150,000 veterans. The $2.2 million project involved the renovation of 63 public restrooms and a revision to the current plumbing and electrical service within each space.
Salas O’Brien delivered plumbing and electrical design for this renovation. Our team also designed fire alarm and nurse call system upgrades and added new lighting and motion sensors to bring systems up to current energy code requirements.
The finished project met our client’s goals as well as code requirements, and the newly renovated areas enhance VHA’s ability to provide excellence and value through patient-centered healthcare.