The VA should be embarrassed by this ridiculously over-budget project. It feels like it was put together by a person/group that has no sense of what a functional hospital space should be. The inappropriately large scale of the main corridor blatantly emphasized the tight quarters of the patient clinics. (Talk about total misuse of space).
A person walking into the clinic areas (wings) will be lucky to not have to squeeze by just one other person walking in the opposite direction. The restrooms throughout the building are easy to miss because of the tiny and camouflaged signage. You would think that restrooms would be a top priority for any hospital servicing patients and their families who are likely to spend at least 3 to 4 hours waiting on any given day.
It sickens me that taxpayers got stuck with the bill for this poorly designed and executed building. This project was supposed to be for veterans; whom definitely deserve to have a better hospital than the previous. It's sad they will still have to keep waiting.
The hospital is not all bad. I just wish the designers of this new facility would have earnestly considered the veteran's perspective. It should be a given that most of us prefer function over form. After all, "function over form" is an underlying principle of getting the job done and successfully completing the mission.