The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Westar Development Company of Aurora, Ohio, to build a health care center in Butler, Pa.
“This new facility will ensure that Pennsylvania’s Veterans continue to have world-class medical care that they’ve earned through their service to our Nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
The facility will be located near Evans City Road in Butler, Pa. The project, which will create 30 construction jobs, will be completed in the spring of 2014.
The contract calls for a 168,000-square-foot, three-story building with 1,347 parking spaces. VA will pay an annual rent of $6.2 million under a 20-year contract. The new facility will include primary care, specialty care, dental, diagnostic, laboratory, mental health, pathology, radiology and ancillary services.
VA Butler serves over 30,000 Veterans in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Lawrence, and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania. The new clinic will be located adjacent to VA’s existing health care facility campus in Butler.
This initiative is part of the department’s program for infrastructure improvements for the Veterans health care system. It includes approximately $11 billion in major construction projects and a similar amount of facility acquisitions through lease agreements.