Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that it will provide civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering support services, as well as project management expertise for the design and construction of a new, 120-bed veterans care center to be located in Fauquier County, VA.
“We are excited to be involved in such an important project and look forward to creating a true state-of-the-art facility that provides our service men and women with an excellentfacility where they can receive their care,” said Fred Armstrong, PE, Chairman and CEO. “Wiley|Wilson has a proud history of supporting our armed forces in various capacities, from analyzing electrical distribution systems at veterans care centers across the country to designing comfortable living spaces for active service personnel and their families.”
Wiley|Wilson is working on this project with Arizona’s orcutt|winslow, which is providing architecture and interior design services. “The new facility will have its furniture and interior finishes designed to feel like a home rather than an institutional nursing facility, with a focus on comfort,” explained Corey Clayborne, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Corey is serving as Wiley|Wilson Project Manager on the new center.
The new facility, which will be called the Puller Veterans Care Center, is expected to open in 2019, and the campus will feature approximately 150,000 SF of buildings. Living areas will be divided into different neighborhoods, with single-bed rooms arranged around common areas to promote a sense of community. These neighborhoods will have their own dining and living areas, as well as gardens and dedicated relaxation areas. In a central location residents and guests will have access to a beauty salon and barbershop, a canteen, and bistro.
“Because this will serve as the final residence for many veterans, of which many no longer drive vehicles, there is an emphasis on convenience, ease-of-use, and traditional amenities that are typically found in the heart of a town,” Corey added.
This will be the third veterans care center in the state of Virginia. A fourth facility is slated for the Hampton Roads area once a location is selected, which should be announced later this year. Wiley|Wilson will provide the same engineering and project management services for this facility as well.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe officially announced the new facility on June 1. Click here to read the news announcement from his office.
About the Puller Family’s Legacy
The Puller family has a proud and distinguished legacy in support of their country. General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller served in Central America, World War II, and the Korean War before retiring. The most decorated Marine in US history, he is one of only two people to receive five Navy crosses.
His son, Lt. Lewis B. Puller, Jr. served in Vietnam and was wounded by a land mine. His position in front of his platoon during the explosion, though, likely spared most of his fellow Marines from severe injuries. A highly decorated Marine as well, Lt. Puller was awarded the Silver Star Medal, and two Purple Hearts among other honors. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography.
Lt. Puller’s wife Toddy served in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia. She remains committed to veterans’ issues and carried legislation to create Virginia Veteran and Family Support, the Virginia Values Program, and the legislation needed to build Virginia’s two new care centers.
The Puller Veterans Care Center will be located on the site of the former Vint Hill Farms Station. This location has a historical legacy of its own, as it was on this site where a message was intercepted during World War II that helped lead the D-Day invasion of Normandy.