Bids will go out next month to jumpstart long-waited project

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced Thursday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the long-awaited construction project for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Construction bids will go out next month for a $141.13 million project at the Fort Hill Avenue campus.

The project will entail creation of a new, 84,200 square-foot outpatient clinic. It will also include renovation of VA’s main Building 1 to house various offices and spaces where veterans can meet with healthcare providers. The project will mark the first phase of a $309 million upgrade to renovate existing facilities and construct new buildings on the campus serving veterans across the Finger Lakes region.

“Now that the Army Corps of Engineers has issued its final approval, construction bids can finally be issued and we can get shovels in the ground,” stated Schumer. “This investment is long overdue and will not only create good-paying construction jobs as we build these cutting-edge facilities, but it will give Rochester and Finger Lakes area veterans access to the care they deserve after so bravely serving our country.”

The VA originally announced in 2007 that it would initiate a major reconstruction project to modernize the center to provide state-of-the-art care. In 2014, the Canandaigua VA became one of only four VAs nationwide approved for funding of a major construction project.

On Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers will hold an informational presentation at the Holiday Inn Express in Canandaigua from 9:30 a.m. to noon for interested construction and contracting firms. Schumer stated that USACE expects to advertise and release construction bids in August and award the construction contact in January 2018.

Veterans last month saw drawings and learned more about the anticipated upgrade at a town-hall style meeting at the VA. Local VA staff estimated completion of the outpatient clinic and related renovations would be in 2020.