Located in Topeka, the Capital of Kansas, the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center serves veterans and their families as part of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Health Facilities Group provided design services for Colmery-O’Neil together with its sister facility Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, KS. Colmery-O’Neil afforded HFG the opportunity to demonstrate our extensive experience with phased construction planning for complex projects. By carefully orchestrating a construction schedule, we were able to ensure that the Emergency Department remained open throughout the project timeline. During the Patient Wing Renovation, HFG also worked with VA staff to identify a cost saving solution by utilizing an alternative wing that was already vacated with more overall space for rooms. HFG is proud that its work will function to improve healthcare services for veterans and their families.
Health Facilities Group’s work for the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center included an Emergency Department study, Emergency Department renovation, Patient Wing renovation, and GI Lab renovation and expansion.
Emergency Department Study: HFG conducted an Emergency Department Design, Flow, Location, Size (Scope), and Cost Study for the Topeka campus of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. The process to complete this study included the following elements: (1) data acquisition; (2) interviews with key Emergency Department staff; (3) an evaluation of the existing facilities and site; (4) preparation of preliminary space and operations programming information; (5) development of alternative plan concepts with pricing; (6) presentation of the findings and the conceptual plans.
Emergency Department Renovation: The scope of work for HFG’s upgrades to the Emergency Department encompasses demolition and renovation of approximately 11,000 SF of existing ED and Clinic space. A new, divided entrance will be constructed to more clearly support wayfinding for visitors, patients, and outpatients. The new ED will be arranged around a central nursing core with treatment areas around the perimeter. These treatment areas will include 2 trauma/life-support bays; 6 treatment rooms, including an isolation room; a gynecological room; and 2 seclusion holding room. To achieve this floorplan, an existing 2-story stairway will be relocated from the interior of the department to an exterior wall, requiring construction of an egress corridor and stairway penthouse on the roof above the ED. The project will be phased, beginning with building addition projects (stairs, canopy/entrance, decontamination room) and half of the new ED. The ED will remain operational throughout the entire project, functioning from its existing space during Phase I and from new construction in Phase II as the remainder of the department is renovated. The project includes work on all building systems, including installation of a new air handling unit in the basement mechanical room and replacements or updates of portions of existing power, telecommunications, alarm, nurse call, surveillance, and access control systems. Finally, the ED renovation will also encompass renovations to the facility’s Police Department and upgrades to surrounding areas, including new finishes in existing elevator cabs.