The VA selected real estate development firm Piedmont/Pridon to provide housing for homeless veterans on the Grand Island VA Medical Center campus through a 75-year enhanced-use lease (EUL) that executed the VA’s Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative.
The development includes a 26-unit apartment complex constructed on nearly six acres of vacant ground on the north end of the Grand Island Veterans Hospital campus that includes a new street entrance on north Broadwell.
Based on Atriax’s extensive experience with providing ongoing nationwide support to VA construction projects, Piedmont Pridon contracted with Atriax to serve as its operational team to support Program and Project Management and provide guidance and oversight throughout the design, construction, and operations and maintenance over the life of Piedmont Pridon’s lease with the VA.

As Piedmont Pridon’s professional review team during the design process, Atriax reviewed all design documents in accord with VA Program Guide 18-15 for compliance with the VA’s requirements at major project milestones:
Schematic Development Review
Design Development Review
Construction Document Review

Atriax also provided value engineering reviews at each design milestone and a constructability review of the Construction Documents.

At the design kick-off meeting, Atriax collaborated with Piedmont Pridon and the Architect/Engineering (A/E) team to strategize project approach, roles, and goals. The team also identified additional opportunities:
• Cost savings
• Exceed LEED Silver goal
• Schedule plan for Winter

During design, Atriax reviewed A/E progress submissions and provided comments for discussion at internal design milestone meetings to ensure quality and compliance with the VA requirements.
Atriax assisted the A/E with coordination to meet VA, City of Grand Island, HUD, environmental, and historic preservation requirements. Atriax assisted Piedmont Pridon documents necessary to successfully execute the VA lease.

Project Results:
• Accelerated design & construction schedule
• LEED-Gold achieved
• Value engineering for cost reduction

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