Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center

Menlo Park, California

2010 (design completion)

PROJECT STATS

Client: VA Palo Alto Healthcare System
Cost: $30,000,000
Size: 45,000 sq. ft.
Year Complete: 2010

DESIGN & ENGINEERING TEAM

Ravatt Albrecht & Associates and Kadena Pacific.

STAKEHOLDERS

  • Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System
  • User Group

REQUIRED REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS

  • Governing industry-wide codes and standards
  • Life Safety Code NFPA 101, Chapter 18
  • Health Care Occupancies
  • ASHRAE 55
  • Thermal Environment for Human Occupancy, IBC 2009
  • NFPA 13

PROJECT OBJECTIVE

Provide a new Blind Rehabilitation Center that consists of various clinical departments.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Ravatt Albrecht & Associates’ design-build team designed and constructed this new Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center with the client’s goals and the end user in mind. The team managed the design, manufacturing, delivery, set-up, and final build-out of the approximately 45,000 sq. ft. of pre-engineered module structures on a 3-acre vacant site surrounded by existing, functioning buildings.

Work included design, implementation, and installation of the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems; a telecommunications and data system; a voice activated fire alarm system; a wet fire sprinkler system; and a security/intrusion alarm system. The parking lot was renovated to connect with the adjacent buildings and new parking, outdoor recreational areas, and ADA access routes.

The result is a new Blind Rehabilitation Center with space for various clinical departments, including nursing, therapy, residential, and support spaces that meet the users’ needs as well as all governing industry-wide codes and standards.

RAVATT ALBRECHT & ASSOCIATES SERVICES

Architectural design, project management, mechanical and plumbing engineering, and construction administration.