United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

New Parking Deck Approved for Charleston VA

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center received approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs to design and build a $9.9 million multi-story parking structure on its grounds providing approximately 500 – 700 additional parking spaces for Veteran patients, visitors and staff in April.

“We are very excited about the new parking deck because parking has been our number one patient issue for several years,” said Carolyn Adams, director of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

“We provide the very best care health care at this facility for our nation’s heroes, and it is very important that they have the parking they need to get to their appointments and that our staff have ample parking to provide that care for them.”

Design of the project will begin immediately with construction planned to commence in 2013. The construction project will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District.

A recent study indicated the VA was in need of up to 700 additional parking spaces. The medical center implemented a complimentary valet parking service in 2009 and leased and additional 99 offsite parking spaces for employees. These efforts provided some relief but the parking deck is the solution that will position the medical center to solve its parking problems.

The parking deck, which will likely be five to six stories high, will be constructed on the left side of the employee parking lot and will include energy efficient features such as solar panels.

“We look forward to sharing plans for the deck with our staff as they are developed,” added Adams. “This is a great thing for our Veterans and our employees and I can’t wait to see it completed.”