Feature Illustration: Concept rendering of the new Audie L. Murphy 4G Cancer Center, created by Cox Design Associates for HFS Company.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has begun a search for a design-build team to carry out an expansion of the 4G Cancer Center at Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center.
As of Wednesday, April 14, interested parties were supposed to have responded to a Request for Information (RFI) that was issued March 30. The RFI was for planning purposes only, however, the VA Department intents to advertise the project in May.
“The proposed project will be a competitive, firm-fixed-price contract utilizing the design-bid build approve outlined in FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) Part 36.207,” the RFI stated.
The estimated construction cost is between $5 million and $10 million. This is to construct a 24,860 gross square-foot cancer center that will contain a chemotherapy treatment center and outpatient cancer clinic.
The site plan is to include 10 rooms (eight bedrooms and two exam rooms) for the Bone Marrow Treatment Unit, an outpatient clinic utilizing the PACT Clinical space Design, and a treatment area for patients to receive chemotherapy.
Veterans Affairs explains in the RFI that the current Bone Marrow Transplant Unit was built in 1995 and due to the care of the population the unit has not been able to be remodeled without disrupting care.
“The unit is dated and needs constant small repairs. This project would allow for the delivery of patient-centered cancer care and capitalize on innovative health care delivery methods that are convenient to veterans and their families, and improve the quality and accessibility of health care while optimizing value.”
HFS Company of San Antonio recently completed architectural and engineering designs for the replacement of the existing bone marrow unit. Their project was for a 19,800 square-foot facility designed for future vertical expansion to seven floors to match the main tower. However, the work of HFS was not mentioned in the March 30 RFI.
The scope of work that was assigned to HFS was very similar in that it included:
- Contract drawings and reports
- Specifications, cost estimate, and construction period services
- A new 4th floor enclosed bridge structure connected to the main building
- Bone marrow transplant unit
- Chemotherapy treatment center
- Outpatient clinic utilizing Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Clinical Space Design
VBX Project ID 2021-2A44