The landmark new 132,260-square-foot, two-story James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Community Based Outpatient Care (CBOC) clinic in Lakeland consolidates and expands existing healthcare services in the region and is expected to serve more than 23,000 veterans upon opening. VHB’s integrated team of landscape architects, civil engineers, and planners play a vital role in considering how healthcare facilities impact the patient, the patient’s support team, the environment, and the community.
The new clinic will provide an expanded suite of support including audiology, eye care, mental health services, physical therapy, prosthetics, laboratory and pharmacy, radiology, and primary care. VHB’s approach to the site prioritizes veterans and their support team. From the orientation of the entry drive to the layout of parking rows, close attention is paid to natural wayfinding that will help a visitor understand how to access the facility. Considerations include a Flag Plaza honoring Veterans that offers places for rest and reflection, a Healing Garden allows for natural decompression, and a Rehabilitation Courtyard for physical exercise and ability strengthening.