WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding a contract for construction documents totaling more than $1 million to correct seismic deficiencies in the nursing tower and Community Living Center at the Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle.

The $1.1 million contract was awarded to Stantec Architecture of San Francisco. The nursing tower and Community Living Center serve as the inpatient wards in the main hospital. Last year, VA spent more than $2.2 billion in Washington on behalf of the state’s 637,000 Veterans. VA operates major medical centers in Lakewood and Seattle, plus outpatient clinics and Vet Centers across the state and a national cemetery.