The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs broke ground on a $152 million mental health and research building at its medical campus on Beacon Hill. Construction on the six-story, 219,000 square foot complex will finish in late 2017. A parking garage that is part of the project is currently under construction. More than 250 mental health staff and more than 60 mental health researchers will be housed in the new building, which is expected to improve access for veterans seeking treatment. It will house clinical research and health services, mental health services, biomedical research, substance abuse treatment and recovery center, education and a rehabilitation center. Stantec is the prime architect and The Design Partnership is the associate architect. Clark Construction Group is the general contractor. The building will have a grass-covered rooftop, a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation, and two 800-square-foot landscaped courtyards inside. The interior is designed to have calm and quiet areas with special acoustic materials, and to have a lot of natural light. The team will seek LEED certification.