Making room for veterans
New $12M addition opens in Community Living Center
IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain dedicated the newest addition to its Community Living Center facility Oct. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on their main campus.
The $12.1 million project added 12,300 square feet to the facility, plus renovated nearly 4,000 square feet of the existing Community Living Center and provides 11 more single-occupancy rooms for residents.
The change means more of roughly 40 residents will not have to share a room, said John Jamison, assistant public affairs officer at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.
The build also provides a more homelike environment, with more space for dining and recreation, as well as a barber shop and living room area, VA center officials said.
“(The addition) will give eleven veteran residents a new, single room in which to live while receiving care,” said Rebecca Strini, associate medical center director. “There are also four spacious and accommodating hospice rooms with walk-out garden views.”
The architect and engineer on the project was Berners-Schober Associates of Green Bay, Wis. General contractor for the build was Direct Steel, LCC of Crystal Lake, Ill.