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New mental-health and research facility under construction in Seattle

In April 2015, construction began on a new $152-million construction project at the Seattle Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

According to the Seattle Times, which reported on an April 1 groundbreaking ceremony, the project aims to advance mental health research while providing the latest treatment services for Veterans with PTSD and other mental health problems.

When it is completed in 2017, the six-story, 219,000-square-foot building will house more than 250 mental-health staff members and 60 researchers and their laboratories. The building will be comprised of a blast-protected curtain wall and a metal panel facade. The main hospital will remain fully operational throughout the construction process.

The project will produce the first new health care building on the Seattle campus since 1998. Once completed, the facility will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its "green" building strategies.

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