West Haven Surgical Tower Project Book

Department of Veterans Affairs

VISN 1, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven VA Medical Center

West Haven, CT



The 161,345-gross-square-foot surgical and clinical tower was intended to consolidate OR and other surgical and related services such as SPS and PACU. During the course of the PROJECT BOOK, Romanyk Consulting Corporation (RCC) evaluated the demolition of several buildings affecting approximately 40,000 GSF of administrative, common, and research space. Some of these buildings date to the original fort and are considered adding historic character to the campus. Additionally, RCC reviewed and validated the SEPs Program for Design for the functional departments targeted for the new addition.

The new structure was expected to house lab, endoscopy, pharmacy, solid state

(SSG) utility and mechanical space. Over the course of time, a project to expand the existing SPS and Inpatient Pharmacy had been funded and was in design. The VA then pivoted the Program for Design to bring Surgery, Pathology, the SICU and Stepdown Beds, Lobby and other services needed to support these departments. Those

departments include a satellite pharmacy, a satellite SPS, OIT, logistics dock and receiving area and EMS to the department. The Endoscopy program is to be backfilled into the existing surgery surgical suite.


As part of the PROJECT BOOK (PB), RCC evaluated three (3) potential locations for the

new surgical/clinical addition. The team evaluated a scheme in the Courtyard, Parking Lot 7 and Loading Dock areas with a scored system for evaluating the proposed schemes.


Additionally, since this new project intends to renovate portions of existing Buildings 1 and 2 to house functions displaced in demolished buildings, RCC determined those affected departments and developed a construction phasing plan in order to ensure smooth flow and transition from the new space to existing functions.


RCC coordinated the space programming and confirmation activities with participation from the VA Medical Center (VAMC), VISN Capital Asset Manager (CAM) and Planner. Ultimately, objectives for the PB are to 1) to confirm and validate the project scope; 2) define the project requirements; 3) identify and help mitigate project risks; and 4) establish the budget for a new Capital Asset project.