KAL Architects: Premier Design Firm
Our Interior Design team specializes in space planning, environmentally sustainable design, and finish and hardware selection. We consistently look for innovative new ways to incorporate sustainable elements in our designs, and often find new ways to save our clients money and reduce energy use.
With our extensive healthcare knowledge, we were pleased to aid the VA in the development of new standards of design in multiple areas:
PG-18-14: VA Finish and Hardware Schedule:
Developed New and Updated Design Standards for Interior Finishes and Door Hardware. Recent changes in VA Space Planning Criteria (PG-18-9) created an urgent need for the review and update of “Room Finishes, Door and Hardware Schedules,” (PG 18-14). We wrote the guide to reinforce the mission of providing “Quality care second to none to our nation’s veterans”- in doing so we selected the highest quality materials and finishes to provide the most welcoming and nurturing environment in every VA facility.
We included measures specific safety features to certain facilities, such as frangible materials in Mental Health facilities, and specialized drainage fixtures in patient bathrooms to decrease accidents and injuries and increase patient comfort.
This update has helped increase not only the safety and comfort of these healthcare facilities, but has created a cohesive set of standards that the VA will follow for years to come, saving time and money and imposing a centralized visual brand across the nation.
VA Signage Design Guide: