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Stimulus money to fund upgrades at Martinsburg VA Medical Center

April 05, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (MVAMC) is receiving an infusion of federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Recovery Act package, enacted by Congress in February 2009, will provide infrastructure improvements at the medical center, according to a new release issued Monday.

"This funding will help us become more environmentally friendly," Medical Center Director Ann R. Brown said in the release. "At the same time, we hope it will help provide some jobs. But most importantly, these improvements will provide a better experience for veterans who rely on us for health care."

The first of 12 projects focuses on funding $2.8 million for replacement of air handling systems in the medical center to meet VA heating, ventilating, and air conditioning facility standards.The project was awarded in August and construction is expected to begin soon, according to the release.

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A second project aims to ensure environmental compliance through the installation of groundwater monitoring wells. The estimated $2.5 million project will address groundwater resource and processing concerns as well as provide compliance with West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection requirements, the release states.

The design study was awarded last June, and design, analysis, construction, and remediation strategies will be awarded via competitive acquisition no later than July.

A third stimulus project would implement select energy conservation measures by replacing outdated building and utility systems. At an estimated $3.3 million, the project provides additional weatherizing support to vintage facilities to increase their energy efficiency and decrease annual resource requirements, the release states.

Other projects include a variety of repairs and replacements to outdated equipment and systems, according to the news release.

"Going Green" is at the centerpiece of VA's commitment to protect the environment, and the MVAMC's $140,000 E-85 fueling station project that uses alternative fuels is designed to help achieve this goal. Completion is anticipated in late summer 2010.

As part of its local projects around the country, VA is targeting nearly one-quarter of its $1.4 billion in stimulus funding to investments in clean energy generation and energy conservation, the release states.

Another provision of the law has allowed the VA to hire nearly 2,300 benefits claims processors, a move that will reduce the time veterans wait for a decision on claims for compensation and pensions and education benefits.

Companies interested in vying for VA-related contracts can get information at http://www.va.gov or by calling the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Facility Management Office at 304-263-0811, extension 3381.

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