November 12, 2013

November Construction Update for New Building

Photo: The front of B-500 begins to get siding installed (right)
Image: Rendering of the front of B-500 when completed

Construction crews of the new Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center (B-500) are beginning to install the insulation on the exterior of the building.  The new center will overlap the original WBRC footprint on the Palo Alto VAPAHCS campus.  This will be the VA's first and only Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center to be combined with a Blind Rehabilitation Center. 

Photo: B-500 lobby under construction with staircase installed
Image: Rendering of B-500 lobby from 2nd level (staircase landing at right)

At 174,000 square feet, this new facility is the largest consolidated rehabilitation center in the VA and will include 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/occupational therapy clinic, an outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic, and clinical programs for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans.

Construction is anticipated to complete in late 2014 with the building becoming operational in January 2015. 

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