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National Veterans Affairs History Center (NVAHC)
SEC/VA has designated the Dayton VA Medical Center (DVAMC) as home for the NVAHC. Local and SEC?VA have determined two existing historic DVAMC facilities (buildings 116 and 129)are required to house the "baseline" Center. Building 116, the former headquarters building, will provide public access to the Center, while building 129, the former clubhouse, will be used for the Center's artifact storage and restoration. Funding is required to restore both buildings.
American Veterans Heritage Center (501(c)3)
4100 West Third Street (Putnam Library on the Dayton VAMC campus) Dayton, Ohio. 45428
4100 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio. 45428
Organization Contact Details
American Veterans Heritage Center (AVHC) Board of Trustees
Each of the two buildings requires projects to stabilize, renovate, and restore (a working buildout of purpose-specific improvements with equipment) the facility for its new intended use. The Dayton VAMC has already completed stabilization contracts totaling $1.76M for both buildings. Further, the DVAMC has completed renovation design on building 116, and awarded the renovation design contract on building 129. Finally, the DVAMC has identified funding to award renovation construction contracts for both buildings, with estimated completion by mid-2024. In total, the VA has or soon will obligate $14.1M for stabilization and renovation of both buildings.
The VA has included $20M in its outyear list of unfunded requirements to complete the restoration design and construction contacts and equip both buildings.
The $5M requested in this PDAC submission will provide FY 2023 funds for the building 118 restoration design and construction contracts, thus completing all construction on the public-facing NVAHC building
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 National VA History Center Foundation (NVAHCF) to support and advance public/private partnership collaborations for Center sustainment. The Dayton Foundation, one of the MOA partners, lead the gathering of funds from all MOA partners necessary to charter and establish the initial NVAHCF Board. This board is now updating the original MOA and holding discussions with companies which could assist with future fundraising
Within the next 6-12 months
VA Construction Appropriation Bill
Locating the NVAHC on the Dayton VAMC campus will add local jobs to west Dayton and increase tourism by providing the western "anchor" to a Historic Tourism Corridor running from the Dayton VAMC to Huffman Prairie. Further, by establishing the Center in Dayton, the Department of Veterans Affairs can leverage the region's specialized degree programs and expertise in artifact management (for example the VA has already filled two new archivist and curator positions at the Dayton VAMC) to enhance the VA's ability to preserve and manage historic artifacts nationwide, and provide its leadership, employees, medical center staff, researchers and the public access to its history.
1. New jobs created in Dayton
2. Increased visitor/tourist attendance
3. Satisfaction of a SEC/VA requirement to improve management of its heritage artifacts nationwide.
We estimate 130 short term construction jobs will be required to complete the design and construction projects. Further, by using other historic tourism activities (Wright/Dunbar. Carillon Park, NMUSAF and Huffman Prairie) as reference points, we estimate 440 new long term historian, archivist, curator, retail, tourism and education jobs will be created on the Dayton VAMC campus and the Dayton region to support a fully operational Center.