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Interior Design Manual: For New Construction and Renovations of Hospitals and Clinics


The purpose of the Interior Design Manual is to aid in the translation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Master Specifications into patient-centered design solutions. Design solutions should improve the quality of life and productivity as well as protect the health, safety, and welfare of the veterans, visitors, and staff. Interior design is a major component in establishing and maintaining an environment that is professional, therapeutic, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and functionally appropriate.

The manual will provide tools for understanding current health care design industry standards as well as innovative out-of-the-box thinking balanced with a clear awareness of what designing for VA means. Although the manual was written for VA hospitals and clinics, many of the design principles can be applied to non-VA facilities as well.

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  • Release Date: 05/2008
  • Original Summary: 01/2013
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Last updated: January 16, 2013.