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VA Holds West Los Angeles Urban Master Plan Contractor Community Kick Off

June 17, 2015

Town hall meeting set to introduce the HOK/Walsh/Core Team to VA Greater Los Angeles Stakeholders.

LOS ANGELES – VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) will be holding a Town Hall on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wadsworth Theater at the West LA VA Medical Center campus. The kick-off will introduce the urban planning firm to stakeholders and is another key step forward in the efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to revitalize the West LA VA campus into a vibrant, welcoming, and sustainable community for Veterans.

Over the next three months through a series of focus groups and assessments, VA will solicit feedback, comments and input from Veteran, Federal, State, and local stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, faith-based and charitable organizations, and community partners, to gain perspectives and vital information that will inform the plan. This input will be vital in helping VA make informed decisions needed to successfully complete the Master Plan.

"As we develop the details of that necessary goal through the Master Plan, the input we receive from all of our stakeholders and the community will be absolutely vital to charting our path forward. With the urban planning team assisting us in this effort, we are one step closer to achieving a gold standard of care, support, convenience, and customer service at the VA West LA Medical Center campus," said Vincent Kane, Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Homelessness.

VA announced the selection of the urban planning team on June 8, 2015. The team is comprised of Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum Inc. (HOK) - a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, Walsh Group, and Core Companies. The team's goal is to assist the VA and the community in developing a new Master Plan for the West LA VA Campus. With the announcement, the VA is on schedule to develop and release the Master Plan by October 16, 2015. That deadline is reflected in a January 28, 2015 "Principles Agreement" that dedicates the West LA campus to serving Veterans in need and created a new partnership for ending homelessness among Veterans in the LA area.

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About VAGLAHS: VAGLAHS is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California. VAGLAHS consists of three ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and eight community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. For more information, call P: (310) 478-3711 or visit us at Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at P: 877-4-AID-VET.

About HOK: HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm celebrating 60 years of design and innovation in 2015. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people's lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design for five consecutive years and recently named HOK the #1 most-admired firm for leadership in technology innovation.

About Walsh Group: The Walsh Group has been delivering construction-related projects to Veteran Affairs for more than 20 years, and is currently completing a major medical development for the VA Loma Linda Healthcare Center, a lease-back project to be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. Walsh Investors is an affiliate of The Walsh Group, a 116-year old company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The Walsh Group is the 15th largest healthcare builder and national contractor per Engineering News-Record, 2014.

About Core Companies: Core specializes in design and development of below-market-rate residential properties through partnerships with public agencies, non-profit organizations and private financing institutions. In December 2015, Core will complete construction of a 60-unit affordable housing community designed to serve homeless veterans located at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Menlo Park Campus. With proficiency in affordable housing finance and development best practices, Core builds consensus among multiple stakeholders while prioritizing resident experience and long-term sustainability.