Center for Community Health open for business

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs already occupying fourth floor

Construction of the $38 million Clark County Center for Community Health is nearing its scheduled completion in January, and some of the building’s space is already occupied. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has already begun the process of moving its operations into the facility. The 176,000-square-foot, four-story building was constructed on the existing Veteran’s Administration Hospital campus on Fourth Plain Boulevard near Interstate 5.

The building’s other occupants include Lifeline Connections, Northwest Community Services, Clark County Health Department and Clark County Department of Community Services. Additionally, the facility includes a 16-bed combined co-occurring mental health and substance abuse evaluation and treatment center, 16 residential drug and alcohol treatment beds for the deaf and hard of hearing, capacity for 16 detoxification beds, split between acute and sub-acute services, and 60 residential drug and alcohol treatment beds for adults.

The county has planned a grand opening event for the center on Jan. 6 and expects the bulk of the building’s operations to be in place by the first week of March.

The county hopes the inclusion of all the programs in one facility will allow for increased collaboration, savings and efficiency.

The general contractor for the project was Swinerton Builders Northwest, and the architect was LSW Architects.

– Shane Cleveland

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