Corps, VA breaks ground for new Long Beach facilities
Col. Kimberly Colloton, South Pacific Division commander speaks to audience members attending groundbreaking ceremony for the medical center’s new mental health facility and community living center, Nov. 11. The $317 million project, calls for the construction of new mental health in-patient and out-patient facilities and a new community living center to replace aged and seismically deficient buildings. All five phases are expected to be completed by fall 2023 and both facilities are designed to be LEED Silver certified. This is the first of the Corps’ VA major construction projects to break ground in the region. Nationally, the Corps is supporting 13 VA projects, totaling an estimated $5 billion. The South Pacific Division oversees the largest VA design and construction program across the Corps. The Corps’ partnership with the VA in the region includes seven major projects, and investing more than $2.5 billion in updating and upgrading facilities throughout the Pacific Southwest.