Jonathan M. Wainwright
Memorial VA Medical Center
Building 86 Renovation
Walla Walla, WA

The Wainwright VA Medical Center is on the site of Fort Walla Walla where over 30 historic structures are organized around Cavalry parade grounds. Constructed in 1929, Building 86 served as the Medical Center’s inpatient facility until recently and is a contributing structure in the Fort Walla Walla District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No longer suitable as an inpatient hospital, this 50,000 sf, four-story building requires extensive upgrades to accommodate new and existing outpatient VA programs and services.  

The renovation of Building 86 includes restoration of the main floor lobby and the exterior façade that dominates the historic parade ground in coordination with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. 

Work will include architectural and structural renovations throughout the entire building and full mechanical, plumbing and electrical system replacement. The renovation incorporates energy efficient systems, sustainable materials and a large photovoltaic array. It will receive a two Green Globe rating for design, operation and management, comparable to LEED Silver certification.

Phased construction will allow for continued partial occupancy of the building. Construction is underway and will be completed in the fall of 2020.

Project Team:
Pacific Tech Construction, general contractor
Degenkolb Engineers, structural engineer
David Evans and Associates, civil engineer / landscape architect
Säzän Group, electrical and mechanical engineer