VA Palo Alto Rehabilitation Center

Palo Alto, California



174,000 Sq. Ft. New Construction






Full Architectural Services as Associate Architect


Project Features

  • Includes both Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation
  • One of Five Polytrauma Rehab Centers in the United States
  • Largest Rehab Hospital in VA System
  • 24 Inpatient Polytrauma Beds
  • 12 Transitional Polytrauma Beds
  • Multiple therapy modalities
  • Terrain Park for physical therapy
  • Four interior courtyards
  • Patient Lifts

Designed to meet

USGBC LEED® Silver Equivalency

Click below to see our design renderings:

The replacement Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center is the first of its kind to combine advanced therapies for treating low vision and total blindness, along with specialized physical medicine and rehab services for veterans returning from war with multiple injuries, including brain trauma. The center is designed to provide inpatient, transitional and outpatient services with programs that will develop and improve living and manual skills, orientation, mobility and physical conditioning. The center is organized into two buildings, connected by glass-enclosed bridges. The three-story building houses the inpatient beds, treatment spaces, essential inpatient staff and operates 24/7. The two-story building houses outpatient services, day therapies, administration space, and operates 40 hours per week. This building organization contributes to energy savings, along with a Building Management System, daylight sensors, energy efficient equipment, and photovoltaic panels. The central courtyard includes celebratory outdoor space for use by all occupants, while dedicated smaller courtyards and roof terraces are available for use by each of the different inpatient units.


* Photos are property of Department of Veterans Affairs, used with permission. Photographer: Will Lee