News Release: Lendlease Celebrates the Opening of Department of Veterans Affairs New State-of-the-Art Outpatient Health Care Center

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(Kernersville, NC, February 26, 2016)  — Lendlease Healthcare Development, a leading developer of medical property in the United States is pleased to announce the opening of the Kernersville Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care Center in Kernersville, North Carolina. The $130 million, 400,000 gross square foot multi-specialty clinic is the largest outpatient facility leased by the VA.

“Lendlease is especially proud to present this state-of-the-art 23-hour hospital. We are honored that the VA has trusted us to help them grow their portfolio and expand medical coverage for the men and women who served our country,” said Aole Ansari, Executive General Manager, Lendlease Healthcare Development. “This facility offers an exceptional care environment for our Veterans, a place that will provide vital services for the Veterans who have served our nation.”

This ’23-hour hospital’, while not actually a hospital, is much more than a clinic. It provides primary care, numerous specialty clinics, mental health and outpatient surgery to Veterans. Specialty clinics are extensive and include audiology, cardiology, dental, diagnostic imaging, dialysis, ophthalmology, neurology, pulmonary, radiology, and women’s health, as well as a pharmacy, laboratory and pathology.

Salisbury VA Medical Center Director Kaye Green said, “Increasing access to quality medical care through the Salisbury VA Health Care System has been one of our highest priorities over the past three years, and the opening of the Kernersville Health Care Center is a major milestone in that effort,” she said. “We are dedicated to providing the best care anywhere. The Kernersville Health Care Center will no doubt help us deliver on that promise through state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated, caring staff in a convenient location for our Veterans who deserve nothing less.”

Lendlease was responsible to develop, finance and design/build this facility that exceeds the standards set by the VA. Perkins Eastman, with whom Lendlease has a relationship spanning more than 35 years, was responsible for the design of the LEED Gold for Healthcare facility. Littlejohn Engineering Associates, also a long-term design partner with Lendlease, provided civil engineering.

“The success of the project is due in great measure to the VA’s courage in adopting a developer led or P3 delivery model as well as to Lendlease’s leadership of the D&C Teams within that model. Because of the facility’s complexity and speed to market, the project benefitted continuously from the integrated approach that the VA and Lendlease implemented together. Cost and schedule were aggressively managed with no sacrifice of quality. Kernersville should put to rest any questions that may linger about the suitability of P3 for the delivery of technically demanding, urgently needed federal facilities.”  Rick Drake, Principal in Charge, Perkins Eastman Architects.

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