On behalf of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Army Corps of Engineers engaged C&C Consulting Engineers, LLC, to provide engineering services for extensive renovations on the VA Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. This work was conducted under multiple task orders within a larger Architect/Engineer IDIQ project to rehabilitate this facility as well as the VAMC in Bedford, MA, and the US Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, MA. Of the 14 task orders within the project, eight were performed at the VAMC in Providence.
The façade task order scope included a 100% hands-on inspection of the multi-wing facility with four different roof levels culminating in extensive façade repairs. C&C then conducted an Electrical Capacity Study with the objectives of evaluating deficiencies in the electrical power and lighting at the Center and developing a Conceptual Report to Correct Electrical Deficiencies. For yet another task order, we prepared the Design-Build package for the construction of a new Mental Health addition and a number of electrical system upgrades. The cost estimate for this work was developed using PACES software.
Other task orders included in the scope were designs for a new cooling tower and chiller, and HVAC improvements.
Using SPECSINTACT software, C&C prepared the specifications for every assignment within this IDIQ project. Our work was heavily influenced by an aggressive design schedule and accommodations for other ongoing projects at the facility.
All work was completed within the proposed budget and schedule. The fee received for our design work was approximately $1.9 million. Regarding C&C’s performance on Task 8: Correct Electrical Deficiencies, Army Corps Project Manager Jennifer Flanagan stated: “The project was originally for a design to correct electrical service deficiencies. Half way through the design, the VA received approval for a larger project and the process changed from a full design to a Design-Build. In addition, another project, Specialty Clinic Addition, was also included. The [C&C Team] was extremely patient and cooperative while the original project was put on hold. They were responsive to our needs once the two projects started up.”