DESIGN GUIDES (PG-18-12)
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Community Living Center Effective 2/1/17, replaced by new title "Small House Model Design Guide", see below
Office of Information & Technology
– Design Guide February 2011
– Infrastructure Standards for Telecommunications Spaces
04-10-2019 (OIT document)
– Design Guide Templates for Critical Telecommunications Spaces
in Clinical and Non-clinical Environments v1.0 12-27-2018
– Refer to Standards Alert 017 for implementation of these standards
Outpatient Clinic (SOC/CBOC): Effective October 1, 2016, PG-18-12 Outpatient Clinic (SOC/CBOC) Design Guide is rescinded and shall not be utilized for VA design projects. For Ambulatory Surgery Service planning and design services, material may be found in Inpatient Surgical/Endovascular Services and Ambulatory Surgical Service Design Guide. For CBOC Clinical Services planning and design standards, refer to CBOC Prototype Study and PACT Space Module Design Guide.
Research Laboratory and Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU): VA’s Research Laboratory and Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU) Design Guides for planning and design standards are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. Research Laboratory and Veterinary Medical Unit projects requiring interim guidance should refer to the latest edition of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design Requirements Manual. Due to the detailed specificity of the NIH DRM to NIH facilities, a forthcoming list, not limited to the listed NIH DRM chapter/sections, support/enhance VA's design standards, guides, and manuals. The design contractor is responsible for the design of VA research laboratory and VMU facilities, and any conflicts between standards must be clarified through the project PM/SRE.
Note: PG-18-10 VA Design Manuals must continue to be used for design and engineering guidance. VA standards, guides, and manuals may be located in the TIL Catalog.
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.