March 30, 2015

March Construction Update

Photo: The front entry of B-500 as seen in March 2015
WBRC continues to watch the construction progress of B-500, the highly anticipated new home of the Polytruama and Blind Rehabilitation services on the Palo Alto VAPAHCS Campus.  Some of the building's features will include private bedrooms and bathrooms for inpatients, 3 large shared courtyards, a ‘green’ living roof, a greenhouse, and a bocce ball court.
Photo: View to the B-500 central courtyard from the 2nd floor breeze-way
At 174,000 square feet, this new facility is the largest consolidated rehabilitation center in the VA and will include 24 beds for the polytruama program, 32 beds for the blind rehabilitation program, and 12 beds for the polytruama 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.
Photo: The 'Bamboo' courtyard, one of three of the B-500 courtyards
Construction is anticipated to complete in Summer of 2015 with the building becoming operational in Winter of 2015.

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