December 14, 2012
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 13, 2012 to mark the start of construction on a new post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) / mental health research and laboratory addition at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The building addition, designed by O’Brien & Gere, will add the first re search space for investigations in multiple health areas and meet an increasing demand for mental health care for returning Veterans. Representatives from the VA and its partner for the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District, helped break the ground during this special event signaling the start of building construction.
To support the project, O’Brien & Gere provided the architectural and engineering design services for the $9.9 million building expansion. The building is designed to speed treatment discoveries to clinical application for Veteran treatment and will encompass 16,000 square feet for PTSD and mental health research. The one-story structure is also designed to allow for future expansion up to five stories.
See the groundbreaking ceremony featured in ABC News 4, the Post and Courier, and the Charleston Regional Business Journal.
Press Contact: Kristin Halpin, O'Brien & Gere
L-R: Rita Young, Associate Staff of Research at VA Medical Center; Carolyn Adams,
Director of VA Medical Center, and Lt. Col Ed Chamberlin, Commanding Officer of
the Charleston District helped break the ground during the ceremony
Illustration of the new PTSD/Mental Health Research and Laboratory addition