$50-million clinic

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Preliminary site work started recently on the 24-acre tract at2031 SE Loop 820, an Interstate 20-fronting piece of land at theintersection with Campus Drive. Foundations and utilities will goin by year's end, with vertical work to be under way by latespring.

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Today's groundbreaking agenda featured Dennis Brink,administrator of the VA's Fort Worth outpatient clinic; JosephDalpiaz, director of the VA's North Texas healthcare system; andJim Bremner, president of Indianapolis-based BremnerDuke. Alsoattending the commemorative start was Kathleen Hicks, mayor pro temof Fort Worth, and state and local congressional leaders.

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Charles Vogt, BremnerDuke's senior vice president and chiefstrategy officer, tells GlobeSt.com that the clinic's interiordesign is still being fine-tuned, but pledges it will be a"personal" setting in a "state-of-the-art facility that will becomfortable for families and veterans." The VA signed a 20-yearlease in June for the project, which is being touted as its largestleased facility of its type in its network.

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The VA North Texas Health Care System services 16 counties inNorth Texas. The new clinic has been designed with the capabilityof supporting 165,238 annual patient visits, the projected trafficin 2025. In contrast, the existing 48,691-sf clinic at 300 W.Rosedale St. supports 45,000 annual visits.

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Austin-based Page Southerland Page and F&S Partners Inc. ofDallas designed the clinic. It will include surgical and recoveryrooms with an energy monitoring system to ensure it meets thefederal government's design excellence mandate. The design willinclude LEED Silver elements, but isn't required to be LEEDcertified.

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The Fort Worth clinic is BremnerDuke's first build-to-suitclinic for the VA. "We are honored to be part of it. Our goal is toshow them proper stewardship of how we care for our veterans,construction and how we care about doing it on budget and on time,"Vogt says. "These are the people we should be serving in honor oftheir serving us."

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