|Photo: B500's main courtyard in September of 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 solar panels on the roof.
|Photo: A Nursing Station in B-500|
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. Currently construction crews have completed the installation of the exterior siding, windows, landscaping. Interior progress includes installation of doors, flooring, and lighting fixtures.
|Photo: An interior breezeway on the 2nd floor of B500|
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: A construction worker installs the lobby ceiling|
Construction is anticipated to complete in Winter of 2015 with the building becoming operational in Spring of 2016.