Architectural - New Hospitals, Replacement Hospitals, Ambulatory Care, Clinical Additions, Energy Centers and Outpatient Clinics  


The purpose of this manual is to serve as the master reference document for architectural planning and design of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. Architectural requirements and criteria in this manual are expected to be followed in planning of VA facilities. Architect/Engineer (henceforth referred to as the A/E) engaged in the design and renovation of the VA facilities are required to follow this manual. VA facilities are defined as:

  • New Hospitals
  • Replacement Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Centers – Hospital Based
  • Clinical Additions
  • Energy Centers
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Animal Research Facilities
  • Laboratory Buildings
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