Owner: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Size: 84,000 sq ft
Architect: Smith Group / MarmonMOK
Description: The new Audie L. Murphy Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center addition project consists of a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from the physical and mental effects of war including burns, limb loss, spinal cord injury, depression and traumatic brain injury. The project was constructed at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. The 84,000-square-foot facility is one of only five Level 1 Polytrauma Rehabilitation centers in the country, and the only one in the Southwest. Designed to reflect healing, the center provides supportive areas for patients and families displaying panoramic murals, natural colors, and ample natural light. Natural daylight also streams through triple-pane glass panels into a sanctuary that embraces both beauty and function—a theme that is continued in the center’s café area and interior courtyard featuring elms, oaks and benches. The rehabilitation facility features 12 inpatient beds, congregate living areas and a transitional apartment where disabled veterans can re-learn daily living activities in a relaxing and supportive healing environment.
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is LEED NC v 2.2 Silver Equivalent.
Key Sustainable Construction Practices on this Project:
68% of all construction waste was recycled.
Project’s design utilized regional materials like local concrete and locally quarried limestone.
Lighting included timing- and motion-sensor corridor lighting and ample natural light.
Water efficient landscaping.
Low VOC materials.
Motion-senor faucets in all staff and public restrooms.
Roof heat-island effect reduction.