HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC)
The Big Move
By Linda Collins
A new building, although still in the early planning stages, will be arriving to the VA campus and taking the place of what is currently Building 5. It will be a space that promotes research personnel collaboration, as well as quiet thinking areas. The design will be a result of collaborative ideas from the CHIC that were gathered through emails and focus groups, as well as ideas from the engineering team.
Construction is projected to conclude during fiscal year 2017 and the estimated 16,000 square foot building will serve as the new home to some research services (not just HSR&D department), which currently has personnel spread throughout various areas of the hospital. Future amenities of this building may include a reception area, interview and conference rooms, and a kitchen, however nothing is definitive as of yet. It is important to note that all parameters (including office and bathroom sizes) are set by federal regulations and building codes.
A new space just for research because we all know “there’s no place like home.”