VA Hospice Care Unit

Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, GA

J M Smith Engineering performed all tasks up to and including construction document preparation.  The project is in the funding stages and we anticipate  bid/award support and construction administration services to commence in FY 2011.  We teamed with a terrific team of individuals to complete this project to include Matrix Architects Inc. who are the Nation’s leading Hospice Design firm. 


Carl Vinson Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospice Care Unit is situated on the campus of the Carl Vinson VAMC in Dublin, Georgia. The project consists of site development and construction of a new 12-Bed Hospice Inpatient Unit adjacent and connected to Building 14 by a covered, open-air connector.


The site is an approximate 4.5-acre portion of the overall 130 acre VA campus. The facility design goal is to provide veterans with a hospice care environment similar to those available to non-veterans, a serene setting taking advantage of the natural surroundings and

tree-lined streets of the campus. The hospice care center exudes the comfort and feeling of “home” as the underlying design theme and focus. Even though this is an acute care facility, great care in detailing masks the clinical feeling, but not the functionality of the space.


This inpatient facility incorporates two 6-bed patient pods looking out to strategically landscaped courtyards, all just footsteps from a centralized team station. The patient wings and administrative support areas total 15,000 SF. The interior circulation is kept to a minimum by a thoughtful, well-planned design, with strategically placed support for areas such as med prep, linens, soiled utility, clean supply and storage in and around the team station.


To fully exploit the healing effects of nature, multiple access points around the facility allow families and patients to gain easy access to the outdoors providing a critical connection and life-affirming benefits of the natural surroundings. Two porches will permit patients and families to benefit from the prolonged outdoor seasons of the deep south coastal regions.


The care center’s exterior is clad in brick with residentially inspired wood trim and gabled shingle roofs complementing the existing campus, but with an eye for residential scale and massing. The project is intended to serve as a prototype for future freestanding VA Hospice Care Units.




J M Smith Engineering LLC

155 Clarkesville Street

Cornelia, GA  30531

Phone: 706.894.2331

Fax: 678.267.3731


Quick Glance


· Prime A/E firm selected for new VA Hospice Care Unit

· Project Size—15,800 sf

· Project Cost — $4.5M

· First of its kind, stand alone Hospice Care Unit for the VA






Project Profile

Federal Government