Phoenix VA Health Care System Rehabilitation Medicine Building
The Rehabilitation Medicine Building
is a new addition to co-locate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service with the Prosthetics Service. Located on the first floor, Rehabilitation programs include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, Acts of Daily Living and Driver Training as well as four EMG rooms and administrative offices. The Prosthetics program on the second floor includes Exam Rooms, Amputee Evaluation, Wheel Chair Repair, Shoe Modification, administrative offices and prosthesis laboratory work areas.
Another goal of the VA is to build a third floor for storage initially and as future Surgery Suite expansion. WRL investigated, programmed and planned the relocation of the current Surgery suite to the third floor. WRL also looked at how this addition could be expanded to the west for additional clinic space as part of the master plan for the facility. We modeled the existing chilled water distribution system using the PipeFlo software to identify capacities at different areas of the loop and to evaluate the necessity of another chilled water
loop. This design optimizes the funding available and provides more efficient and functional co-located programs. If funding is available, a full basement to provide expansion space is desirable.
Per federal mandate, this addition was designed to LEED-NC Silver criteria, but will not seek certification. The addition was documented in BIM with all disciplines except civil engineering and landscape.