Lebanon vets home request-for-proposal issued by state

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs last week issued a request for proposal for a general contractor to construct Oregon’s second veterans’ home, in Lebanon.

The general contractor, or construction manager, will support the preconstruction, construction, post-construction and warranty phases of a project for the construction of the next veterans’ home. The planned 150-bed veterans’ home will offer long-term skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and Alzheimer’s and memory related care.

A mandatory pre-proposal conference for firms planning to submit a proposal will be held at 1 p.m. on May 22, at the ODVA, 700 Summer St. N.E., Salem. Potential proposers will have an opportunity to discuss the project with ODVA, the architect and project manager to ask questions and request clarifications to the solicitation documents.

ODVA intends to award a single contract as a result of the RFP process. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on June 8. The RFP and attachments can be obtained on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) website at http://orpin.oregon.gov.

Once awarded, the initial contract period will be from July 2012 to March 2015.

The ODVA announced the location of the veterans’ home in Lebanon on April 15, 2010. The new 301-bed facility will be designed on the small house model for skilled nursing facilities.

The small house model creates a small community for a group of residents and staff, a radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The small house model alters facility size, interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional services.

Oregon’s only existing veterans’ home is located in The Dalles.

According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, Oregon needs 800 skilled nursing beds for its aging veterans.

The existing veterans’ home has 151 beds, including 25 for memory care and Alzheimer residents.