This manual is a directive for architect and engineer design professionals (hereafter referred to as A/E)
for the planning and design of the site layout, parking, pedestrian and traffic circulation, grading, storm
water management, building location and orientation, site utilities, landscaping, irrigation, and other
related systems (hereinafter referred to as systems) at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.
As a healthcare organization, VA’s focus is in treating veterans who, in some cases, have severe
disabilities, including sight, hearing, and mobility. The A/E must always keep the interest of the sick
and/or disabled veteran in mind when making decisions in locations where design choices affect veterans.