A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center marked the kickoff of a $161 million project to give veterans across the region a modern, state-of-the art outpatient clinic and related upgrades.
Gathered under the pavilion overlooking the VA courtyard and area where the new 84,200-square-foot clinic will be housed were many involved with the project. They included members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Buffalo, Ohio and Kentucky.
“This will be the first VA project with the Army Corps as construction agent,” said Stella Fiotes, executive director with VA construction and facilities management. “We will learn from this project,” she said of the partnership expected to mark future joint endeavors. Those include a planned second phase for modernizing the campus at 400 Fort Hill Ave.
Brigadier General Mark Toy, commander and division engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River, said the division has 4,100 members involved. The project will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with support from the medical center and VA Construction and Facilities Management.
Construction for the project was awarded in January to Ontario County-based Pike-P.J. Dick Joint Venture.