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Office of Construction & Facilities Management


Consulting Support Service

The Consulting Support Service (CSS), created in 1994, is VA's in-house resource to provide a wide array of technical architectural and engineering services to all VA facilities and projects. These services are provided by a group of highly-trained, experienced, and registered professional architects and engineers who are recognized as subject matter experts (SMEs) in their fields within the healthcare industry. Additionally, CSS has access to multiple other professionals including code officials, manufacturers, academic sources, professional associations, and VA Program Officials to assist in consultation tasks. CSS collaborates with these experts and auxilllary professionals to provide consultation on architecture, engineering (civil, structural, seismic, electrical power & lighting, data & telecommunication, low voltage medical systems, HVAC, controls, central utility plants, boiler/steam distribution systems, plumbing, medical gases, automatic transport/elevators, fire protection & life safety), building commissioning, sustainable design, and safety & occupational health to VA facilities across all 18 VISNs[1], including but not limited to:

Medical/Surgical Bed Towers
Health Care Centers
Sterile Processing Service (SPS) Facilities
Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Centers
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Facilities
Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers
Pharmacy/Clean Room Facilities
Community Living Centers
Outpatient & Community-Based Outpatient Clinics
Ambulatory Care Centers
Mental Health Facilities
Specialty Care Buildings
Lab/Research Facilities
Cemetery Facilities
Data/Telecommunication Centers
Life Safety Modernizations
Seismic Retrofits/Renovations
Central Utility Plans-Chiller/Steam/Hot Water/Emergency Generator
Combined Heating and Cooling Plants (CHPs)

Benefits of using the Consulting Support Service include: 

  • Service-oriented
  • Customer-focused
  • No procurement necessary
  • Expert counsel and guidance
  • Educational Training tailored to your needs
  • Cost effective - free to VA facilities
  • Professional service from qualified experts
  • Quality service by experienced professionals
  • Rapid response - obtained by phone, or email
  • Senior professionals to assist in reaching your goals
  • Services provided at no fee to VA Stakeholders