Case Study

The Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Administration Hospital Miami

Throughout United States history, the government has supported veterans through a variety of programs, initiatives, and resources. Today, a cabinet-level executive department carries forward that legacy by administering health care, benefits, rehabilitation, and other services for the benefit of veterans.

Still commonly referred to as the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Veteran Affairs was commissioned as a federal bureau after World War I and elevated to a federal administration in 1930. 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 also completed 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 supports VHA’s vision to provide excellence and value through patient-centered healthcare.


Miami, Florida

Construction Cost:
$2.2 Million

Project Size:
26.3 Acres

Electrical and Plumbing Engineering