Room Finishes, Door & Hardware Program Guide
The Program Guide provides standards for interior finishes, doors, and hardware for new or renovated facilities constructed within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The essential criteria for selection of these materials are their appropriateness for function and space, sustainability, life cycle costs, durability, and ease of maintenance. PF&A was selected among other competing firms for this project through our IDIQ with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Construction & Facilities Management.
The scope included the review and update of the VA’s program guide for PG 18-14 Room Finishes, Door, and Hardware Schedule. The Program Guide provides standards for the interior finishes, doors, and hardware for new or renovated VA facilities across the nation. Our work for this project included:
- Coordinating with current VA Space Planning Criteria to match with room names/room codes and 62 department types, revise room finishes following best industry practices. Revisiting interior finishes of all rooms to make sure that VA follows the best practice followed in other private and public healthcare systems.
- Researching and making site visits to public/private recently finished healthcare facilities, evaluating the room finishes or any deviations from those currently specified.
- Reviewing ceiling finishes in semi-restricted areas.
- Meeting recycled content requirements.
- Selecting products with minimal impact on indoor air quality (VOC off-gassing, etc.)
- Meeting acoustics requirements.
- Determining if the finishes include products in any of USDA’s bioprefered product categories. Adding language that required the use of biobased products, as prescribed by USDA.
- Administering all data, communications, tasks, schedules and deliverables of the project.
- We are also assisted the VA’s transition to a database storage paradigm from the current Department oriented MS Word table matrices.
The goal was to remain current with the best practices followed in private/ public healthcare facilities as far as interior finishes are concerned for improving the quality of care for our Veterans.
The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,243 health care facilities, including 170 VA Medical Centers and 1,063 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving more than 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
The Program Guide was published to the VA TIL July 2016: https://www.cfm.va.gov/til/room/RoomFinishes.pdf