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Construction crews in Birmingham, Ala., are working to complete a facility designed to better serve local veterans. The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center mental health clinic will combine services into one location when it opens late next year.

“The new facility will give our veterans easier access to care, provide more services and put everything under one roof,” said Stacy Vasquez, Birmingham Veterans Affairs Health Care System (BVAHCS) director. “It will be a one-stop shop for our veterans in mental health treatment.”

The two-story clinic will provide services to nearly 25,000 veterans each year. The 60,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer new resources not available at the current VA hospital.

Birmingham-based contractor Hoar Construction has partnered with national developer US Federal Properties Co. LLC of Kansas City, Mo., and architect Hoefer Wysocki of Leawood, Kan., to build the structure.

“This project shows how much the VA is concerned about doing everything possible to improve the lives of our veterans,” said Vasquez. “As they work on their mental health concerns, this will have a significant effect on their relationships with their families and loved ones.”

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