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Office of Construction & Facilities Management

Design Guides (PG-18-12)

 

Technical Information Library (TIL) - The source for VA's electronic Design and Construction Information
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If you have questions about, or have difficulty accessing the content of the PDF files, please e-mail Facilities Standards Service at til@va.gov, or contact Gary M. Fischer, Architect at 202-632-4898.

NOTICE:  VA Design Guides are in a continual process of refinement/update and new Design Guides are being developed.  Update will be incremental; completed Guides will be posted on this site and noted as current.  As much information in these Guides is dated, it is recommended that they be used with caution to assure that current standards of the health care industry are addressed in meeting VA’s needs.  A planning/design consultant may be helpful in confirming the validity of project specific data.

Design Guides are intended to help speed the design process, control cost, avoid errors and omissions, and get value for dollars spent.  Design guides are developed in partnership with the using service and are benchmarked with similar private sector guides.  They are to be applied flexibly, not as rigid standards.

Design Guide Index

Ambulatory Care (Hospital Based)

Cardiovascular Laboratories

Dental Service - Summary

Community Living Center

Digestive Diseases - Endoscopy Service

Electroencephalography Laboratory

Eye Clinic

Effective April 4, 2014, PG-18-12 Eye Clinic Design Guide is rescinded and shall not be utilized for VA design projects. The Eye Clinic Design Guide is currently under revision. Note: PG-18-9 Space Planning Criteria Chapter 233, and PG-18-5 Equipment Guide List shall continue to be utilized for guidance.

Inpatient Nursing Units

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Mental Health

Nuclear Medicine

Office of Information & Technology

Outpatient Clinic, Lease Based

Outpatient Clinic (SOC/CBOC)

Outpatient Pharmacy

  • Section 0 Foreword, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations, Legend of Symbols
  • Section 1 Narrative
  • Section 2 Functional Diagrams
  • Section 3 Outpatient Pharmacy: Design Guide Plates, Design Standards
  • Section 4 Pharmacy Specialized Programs:  Design Guide Plates, Design Standards

Pharmacy Service

  • Section 1 Introduction, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations, Legend of Symbols
  • Section 2 Narrative
  • Section 3 Functional Diagrams
  • Section 4 Inpatient Pharmacy: Design Guide Plates, Design Standards
  • Section 5 Outpatient Pharmacy: Design Guide Plates, Design Standards
  • Section 6 Pharmacy Specialized Programs: Design Guide Plates, Design Standards

Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC)

Pulmonary Medicine Service

Radiation Therapy

Radiology

Research Laboratory

Effective April 4, 2014, PG-18-12 Research Laboratory Design Guide is rescinded and shall not be utilized for VA design projects. The Research Design Guide is currently under revision. Research Laboratory projects requiring interim guidance should refer to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design Requirements Manual dated May 9, 2013. Note: PG-18-9 Space Planning Criteria Chapter 278, and PG-18-5 Equipment Guide List shall continue to be utilized for guidance.

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Center

Supply, Processing & Distribution (SPD)

  • Concurrence
  • Compilation Cover, Table of Contents, Section 1 - Foreword & Acknowledgements, Section 2 - Narrative, Section 3 - Functional Diagrams
  • Section 4 - Guide Plates first half
  • Compliation Section 4 - Guide Plates second half, Section 5 - Appendix

Surgical Service

Tuberculosis (TB)

HVAC Design Manual and other regulatory agnecies (CDC, etc.) should be consulted for Tuberculosis design criteria and standards. See Tuberculosis requirements section of TIL.

Veterinary Medical Unit

Effective April 4, 2014, PG-18-12 Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU) Design Guide is rescinded and shall not be utilized for VA design projects. The Veterinary Medical Unit Design Guide is currently under revision. VMU projects requiring interim guidance should refer to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design Requirements Manual dated May 9, 2013. Note: PG-18-9 Space Planning Criteria Chapter 278, and PG-18-5 Equipment Guide List shall continue to be utilized for guidance.