The material contained in the Cardiovascular Laboratory Service Design Guide is the culmination of a
coordinated effort between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Health Administration, the
Office of Construction & Facilities Management, the Strategic Management Office, and the Capital Asset
Management, Planning Service Group and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. The goal of this Design Guide
is to maximize the efficiency of the design process for VA facilities and ensure a high level of design, while
controlling construction and operating costs.
This document is intended to be used as a guide and is supplementary to current technical manuals, building
codes and other VA criteria in planning Healthcare Facilities. The Design Guide is not to be used as a standard
design; it does not preclude the need for a functional and physical design program for each specific project.