vaorange 730x530WEST HAVEN: A new 50,000 square foot outpatient clinic for the Veteran Affairs [VA] hospital at a cost of $25 million is being constructed at Edison Road in Orange, Skanska Construction has been awarded the contract.

The new facility will replace the existing, VA care center with a “modernized building for patient care.”

“The VA does incredible work caring for our veterans and we are proud to support them by constructing a new facility in which they can receive the care they need,” said Bryan Northrop, executive vice president and general manager for Skanska’s building operations throughout New England.

The new facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019 and according to the contractors will meet Green Globes sustainability certification standards. The facility will include: “numerous examination rooms for doctor’s appointments and assessments; classrooms where life skills courses will be offered to help facilitate a smooth rehabilitation process; an outdoor courtyard; an athletic gym; a cafeteria; and 360 surface-level parking spaces.”

The S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury will design the facility.

Orange VA LLC, a national developer is the ownership entity developing the VA outpatient clinic. They say they will deliver a “state of the art health care facility for the West Haven Veterans Community” said Josh Hausman with Orange.

Angel Commercial, of Southport handled the sale of the 8.25 acre site to Orange VA for $3.09 million dollars the VA will lease the facility for an estimated cost of $2.5 million per year.

While VA property would typically not be taxable, ownership by the private developer will make the property taxable by the town of Orange.