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Office of Construction & Facilities Management

TIL Catalog


tiL Catalog logoThe Technical Information Library (TIL) contains technical publications related to the planning, design, leasing, and construction of VA facilities.  The TIL Catalog is an alphabetical listing of publications with descriptions and contact information.

Facilities Standards Service (FSS) Contact List

A/E Quality Alerts
A series of the most common and repeat design errors and omissions made by architect/engineer consultants (A/Es) on VA projects that should be avoided.
Contact:  Don Myers, Director, Facilities Standards Service

A/E Submission Instructions (PG-18-15)
Provides guidelines for architect/engineer submissions in the production of Schematics, Design Development, and Construction Documents
Contact:  Consulting Support Service

Accessibility and Barrier Free Design Guide (PG-18-13)
VA supplement to the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS) defining accessibility requirements for disabled persons.
Contact:  Dennis A. Hancher, Barrier Free Design Officer, Facilities Standards Service

The intent of Abatement Specifications, Design Manuals and Handbooks is to establish an Agency wide policy on the removal and management of asbestos containing materials and to set standards to protect the health of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees, patients and visitors in all facilities under its jurisdiction.
Contact:  Thomas Moran, Environmental Engineer

CAD:  National CAD Standard, VHA Application Guide & Standard Details (PG-18-4)
VHA Application Guide adopting the NIBS National CAD Standard, utility and sheet template files, and standard construction details organized by discipline, for use in design and construction documents for VA projects.
Contact:  Alejandra de la Torre, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Cemetery Design Criteria
The Cemetery Design and Construction Criteria establishes consistent design and construction practices and are the minimum acceptable standards for the design and construction of VA cemeteries.
Contact:  Peggy Jensen, Architect, National Cemetery Administration

Commissioning Process Manual
Contact:  Lam Vu, Electrical Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

Cultural Resource Management (H-7545)
This handbook includes procedures on how the VA will meet Federal preservation requirements for all program and construction activities that have an effect on cultural or historic resources.  It also documents the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) management procedures which implement the policies contained in VA Directive 7545, Cultural Resource Management.
Contact:  Kathleen Schamel, Historic Preservation Officer

Design Alerts
These alerts are issued for reducing repeat construction change orders and for addressing other construction related issues.
Contact:  Don Myers, Director, Facilities Standards Service

Design and Construction Procedures (PG-18-3)
Established VA policies defining the minimum level of excellence in the design, construction, and alteration of VA facilities. Individual construction standards are reviewed periodically and new construction standards are added occasionally.
Contact:  Don Myers, Director, Facilities Standards Service

Design Guides (PG-18-12)
Provide comprehensive information including an overview of design principles and concepts, narrative text descriptions, and guide plates for reference in the design and development of VA projects.  They are useful reference documents for all participants in the project team when new facilities are constructed or when existing facilities are renovated.
Contact:  Gary M. Fischer, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Design Manuals (PG-18-10)
Principle instructions to the A/Es describing construction and technical design requirements and guidelines in the development of contract documents for specific VA projects.  Each discipline has developed individual design manuals, and may have a design manual that is available for a specific type of facility (i.e. nursing home).  Disciplines include Architectural, Asbestos Abatement, Automatic Transport, Cost Estimating, CPM Phasing, Electrical, Equipment (hospital), Fire Protection, HVAC, Incinerator Systems, Interior Design, Plumbing, Sanitary, Site Development, Steam Generation/Distribution, & Structural.

Design Review Checklists
A series of Checklist for reviewing VA construction projects for the following disciplines:  Site and Landscape, Architectural, Structural, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Sanitary, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Steam Generation, Steam Distribution, Incineration/Solid Waste and Electrical.
Contact:  Consulting Support Service

Environmental Planning Guidance (PG-18-17)
This manual contains governing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, environmental compliance procedures, statements of work for consultant services, and examples of compliance documents.  The manual objectives are to inform customers of NEPA responsibilities and the intricacies involved in preparing the necessary documentation for delegated projects early in the project development.
Contact:  Thomas Moran, Environmental Engineer

Equipment Information
References are provided for planning and developing equipment requirements for VA facilities (PG-18-5) and inspection and test procedures for built-in hospital equipment (PG-7610.2)
Contact:  Gary M. Fischer, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Fire & Safety
The primary goal of this manual is to provide an environment for occupants that is reasonably safe and has a functionality that protects the facility so that it is free from fire and products of combustion.  This manual contains fire protection engineering design criteria to protect patients, visitors, and staff; maintaining the continuity of important clinical and administrative activities; and protecting VA property.
Contact:  David Klein, Fire Protection Engineer, Network Program Support

The Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) works as a consultant in VA’s State Home Grant Program.  CFM’s Facilities Standards Service provides consulting services to VA’s Office of Geriatrics and VHA’s Mental Health and Behavior Sciences Service (MHBSS).  CFM assists in reviewing state grant applications for program requirements for compliance with Federal, State and local mandated requirements and establishes VA funding participation.  CFM also assures quality control for the program by monitoring the design/construction process and providing inspection services of the completed facilities.
Contact:  Dennis A. Hancher, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Innovative 21st Century Building Environments for VA Healthcare Delivery
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) coordinated the VA exploration for a new paradigm that would transform VA care for the 21st century by creating a new generation of high-performance, sustainable health care environments for the changing population of veterans.  NIBS convened a multi-disciplinary Task Force to investigate and document the state of practice and art for high performance, sustainable and flexible environments for healing.
Contact:  Don Myers, Director, Facilities Standards Service

Leasing Information
Real Property Service (RPS), a division within the Office of Construction & Facilities Management, supports VA’s mission by acquiring land and leasing space for the construction of medical and medically related facilities that service our nation’s Veterans.
Contact:  Jessica Kaplan, Director, Real Property Service

Master Construction Specifications (PG-18-1)
Comprehensive set of over 372 written architectural and engineering guidelines defining the qualitative requirements for products, materials, and workmanship.
Contact:  Jeet Kumar, Architect, Facilities Standards Service;
Ron Johnson, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Metric Information
Policy establishing the responsibility for the metric system of measurement within VA will be adhered to in accordance with and supplementing the Public Law, the Executive Order, and the Code of Federal Regulations.
Contact:  Kris Banga, Structural Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

Physical Security Design Manuals
The Manuals contain the physical security standards for improving the protection for VA mission critical facilities and life-safety protected facilities.
Contact:  Fred Lau, Structural Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

Plaques & Seals
Established procedures and policies for the procurement of Dedication Plaques and Seals at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities are documented along with several templates for plaque inscriptions.
Contact:  Orest Burdiak, Interior Designer, Facilities Standards Service

Room Finishes, Door, and Hardware Schedule (PG-18-14)
Provides standards for the interior finishes, doors, and hardware for new or renovated VA facilities.  Factors considered appropriateness for function and space, cost, durability, and ease of maintenance.
Contact:  Orest Burdiak, Interior Designer, Facilities Standards Service;
Ron Johnson, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Seismic (Structural) Design Requirements (H-18-8)
Policies established to insure that all new and existing VA hospital facilities in seismic areas are designed to remain operational after an earthquake.
Contact:  Kris Banga, Structural Engineer, Facilities Standards Service; Fred Lau, Structural Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

The Signage Design Guide provides guidelines for the design of signs and provides detailed information on the development of a signage system to assist VA veteran customers, visitors, and others as they approach the property, locate buildings, and proceed to functions inside.
Contact:  Orest Burdiak, Interior Designer, Facilities Standards Service

Space Planning Criteria for VA Facilities (PG-18-9),
Provides space requirements and guidance for development of space programs for VA Facility Development Plans, construction projects, and leasing agreements.  Contains guidance for functional relationships and design considerations in addition to space planning criteria for all VA healthcare functions. Formerly Handbook 7610.
Contact:  Gary M. Fischer, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Specifications - see Master Construction Specifications

Standard Details - see CAD

Standards Alerts
Serves to identify innovative and broad ranging Standards and Design processes and procedures that have a major impact on the VA’s goal of delivering World-class Facilities.
Contact:  Don Myers, Director, Facilities Standards Service

State Homes
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to Veterans enrolled in its health care system.  The spectrum of long-term care services includes non-institutional and institutional services.  The VA has established criteria to determine who is eligible for these services.
Contact:  Dennis A. Hancher, Architect, Facilities Standards Service

Sustainable Design
CFM’s Sustainable Design Program strives to enhance VA’s mission by incorporating sustainable design practices into the design and construction of VA facilities.  Driven by numerous Federal mandates and VA policies, the program encourages design strategies that reduce energy and water consumption, integrate cost-effective renewable energy, promote healthy work environments, and protect vital natural resources.
Contact:  James Symanski, Civil Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

Technical Summaries
Summaries of important items concerning HVAC criteria for specific applications.
Contact:  Mahmut Nazli, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

Tuberculosis Facility Guidance
The program and facility guide for Tuberculosis provides a consistent framework for VA program planning.  This planning document is organized in a format that prioritizes overall guidance for a TB control plan based on clinical and epidemiologic priorities.  It specifies infection control practices and regulatory requirements, while incorporating work practice controls, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment into the overall guidance.
Contact:  Mahmut Nazli, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Standards Service

VA Hospital Building System
The VA Hospital Building System (VAHBS) has been used successfully on many VA projects over the years.  Certain elements of this system have evolved.
Contact:  Don Myers, Director, Facilities Standards Service