July 17, 2012

Building 48 Demolition Begins

Front of building pictured with 'B' wing demolished, windows removed, rubble, and heavy equipment in the foreground.
Picture: The front entrance of building 48 after demolition begins. 
Building 48, former home to the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center located at the VAPAHCS Palo Alto Campus has entered the demolition phase.  The building, pictured above with heavy construction equipment and the former 'B' wing demolished, has been slated for demolition in order to begin construction of the new Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center.

Rendering of front entrance of planned building at dusk.
Image: Polytrauma and Blind Center rendering for new construction.

This will be VA’s first and only Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center to be combined with a Blind Rehabilitation Center.  At 174,000 square feet, this new facility is the largest consolidated rehabilitation center in VA.  The Rehabilitation Center includes 24 beds for the polytrauma program, 32 beds for the blind rehabilitation program, and 12 beds for the polytrauma transitional rehabilitation program.  The center will also have an outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy clinic, an outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic, and clinical programs for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans.  Construction of the new center is anticipated to be completed in August of 2014.

CLICK HERE to view the VA News Release 

CLICK HERE to view the VAPAHCS Construction Update Website 

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