NCA Design and Construction Service provides planning, design and construction project management, design and construction standards, environmental, energy, and historic preservation services and expertise to VA and NCA to deliver high quality and cost effective cemetery facilities that honor Veterans with final resting places and commemorate their service to our nation. Our Vision is to provide leadership, expertise, and advice in the development, acquisition, expansion and preservation of VA National Cemeteries to create national cemeteries as lasting memorials which invoke a sense of honor and dignity for our Nation's veterans.
To meet our goal of ensuring quality planning, design and construction of VA national cemeteries, Design and Construction Service provides support to Central Office and Field activities including 131 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monuments sites:
Construction projects to develop additional gravesites at national cemeteries, acquire land and make infrastructure improvements are critical to achieving the strategic goals and objectives of the National Cemetery Administration. These capital improvement projects are funded from VA’s Major and Minor Construction appropriations.
Major Construction: New construction costing more than $10 million. Design is accomplished by Architect/Engineer (A/E) firms under contract. VA's Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all major construction projects greater than $10 million. In addition, CFM acquires real property for use by VA elements through the purchase of land. Projects are "line items" in the VA budget, authorized and appropriated by Congress and can carry-over multiple fiscal years. Major construction projects are submitted for approval through VA’s Strategic Capital Investment Planning Process.
Minor Construction: New construction and capital improvements costing $10 million or less. Projects involve new construction, and/or alteration, enhancement, or upgrading of an existing element of the cemetery. Design is accomplished under contract by Architect/Engineer firms. NCA's Design and Construction Service manages these projects and working with NCA Contracting Service is responsible for execution of the NCA Minor Construction Operating Plan.
Maintenance and repair projects are funded with the Operations and Maintenance appropriation and managed by NCA Memorial Service Network (MSN) offices. They address deficiencies with any of the approximately 800 buildings and structures and over 18 thousand acres of land within 131 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monuments sites to maintain the appearance of national cemeteries as national shrines, dedicated to preserving our Nation's history, nurturing patriotism and honoring the service and sacrifice Veterans have made. Projects include gravesite renovation, recurring maintenance and repair of roads, drives, parking lots, and walks; painting of buildings, fences and gates; repair of roofs, walls, and irrigation and electrical systems.