Sign up for our newsletter to learn about our events, project announcements and economic development news.
Department of Veterans Affairs History, Research, and National Heritage Center (AKA The VA History Center)
SEC/VA has designated the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) as home for the VA History Center. Local and Sec/VA officials have determined four existing historic VAMC facilities (buildings 116, 129, 225 and 226) are required to house the Center. Building 116 will provide public access to the Center, building 129 will be used for artifact storage and restoration, and buildings 225 and 226 will house Center staff and provide education space. Total facilities projects costs is estimated at $30.8M.
American Veterans Heritage Center (501(c)3) - AKA AVHC
4100 West Third Street (Putnam Library on the Dayton VAMC campus) Dayton, Ohio. 45428
VP, AVHC Board of Trustees
1.Each of the four buildings must undergo stabilization, renovation and restoration contracts.
2.The Dayton VAMC has already awarded stabilization design and construction contracts and a renovation design contract for building 116, as well a stabilization design contract for building 129 - contract totals equal $1.5M. Work is essentially complete.
3.The VA is budgeted to award a renovation construction contract for building 116 ($4.0M) and a stabilization construction contract for building 129 ($.8M) in this fiscal year 2020.
4.In FY 2022, the VA has programmed $5.5M for restoration design and construction contracts for building 116, and $11.0M for a combined renovation/restoration (both design and construction) contract for building 129.
5.Building 225 contracts are forecast at $4.5M in FY 2028, but are yet to be definitized.
6.Building 226 contracts are forecast at $3.5M in FY 2026, but are also yet to be definitized.
7.The $5.5M requested in this PDAC submission seeks to accelerate the building 116 restoration design and construction contracts from FY 2022 to FY 2021.
Construction or Capital
The VA and a coalition of local organizations have signed a MOA to: (1) establish the Center in Dayton, and (2) create a VA History Center Foundation to support and advance public and private partnership collaborations for Center sustainment. The Dayton Foundation, one of the MOA partners, has established a local committee to establish and operationalize the VA History Center Foundation. Start up funding for this committee has been received from donations by the MOA signatories, and the committee has met several times to create the organizational and business plans necessary to the foundation.
Finally SEC/VA has created and filled a Government position to direct the VA's History Program to include the VA History Center
Within the next 6-12 months
VA Construction Appropriations Bill
Locating the VA History Center on the Dayton VAMC campus will add local jobs in West Dayton and increase regional tourism by providing the western "anchor" to a Historic Tourism Corridor running from the Dayton VAMC to the Huffman Prairie.
Further, by establishing the Center in Dayton, the VA can leverage the region's specialized collegiate degree programs and our expertise in artifact management. This, in turn, increases the value and attractiveness of these degrees/skills, and attracts more people to obtain degrees and stay in the the region.
Finally, a VA History Center in Dayton which houses the history and contributions of the Department of Veterans Affairs, will compliment the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus which houses the stories of service and sacrifice of our Nations veterans and their families. This complimentary relationship should attract visitors to both sites.
1. Has it resulted in short and long term jobs in Dayton?
2. Has it increased regional visitor/tourist attendance?
3. Has it satisfied the SEC/VA requirement to improve management of its heritage artifacts nationwide?
We estimate 130 short term construction jobs will be required to complete the construction projects.
Further, we estimate 440 new long term historian, archivist, retail, tourism support and educational jobs (both Government and civilian) will be created to support a fully operational Center