VA to Build Polytrauma-Blind Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto
October 25, 2011
$98.8 Million Contract Awarded
WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2011) - The Department of Veterans Affairs has
awarded a $98.8 million contract to build a new rehabilitation facility
located on the campus of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
"This new Polytrauma-Blind Rehabilitation Center will allow VA to better
serve our Veterans and active duty Servicemembers in a state-of-the-art
facility, which will support the exceptional clinical care currently
delivered through both programs," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki.
In 2005, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System was designated a Polytrauma
Rehabilitation Center. Since then, the program has been housed in an
existing facility originally constructed in 1960. The Western Blind
Rehabilitation Center, which began in 1967, has been housed in a
building constructed in 1977.
The $98.8 million contract was awarded to Walsh/DeMaria Joint Venture V
of Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 30. Construction is scheduled to be completed
in spring 2014. The three-story facility will be Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) silver equivalency.
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/occupational
therapy clinic, an outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation
clinic, and clinical programs for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation
Iraqi Freedom Veterans. In addition to the new Polytrauma-Blind
Rehabilitation Center, a 600-car, four-story parking garage will be
constructed adjacent to the new facility to support the growing demand
for onsite parking.