Over the past two years, Western New York has seen more than $100 million in federal funding coming for major updates and renovations at Veterans Administration hospital and health care sites. The Batavia VA Medical Center brought in $30 million funding alone to renovate the building and rehabilitation facilities. The funds come as part of the $4 billion pot reserved in the federal spending bill for the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Centers.
Senator Charles Schumer stated that these Veterans’ Affairs Medical Centers are finally receiving “much-needed and long-delayed” reconstruction and modernization projects.
As a renovation project, the Martin Zombek Construction team also faced the difficulty of integrating the new materials and features into a building that was built over 80 years ago.
One of the unique parts of this project for the MZ team were the specialty door frames. Within the medical center, the frames had to be split so that a track system could be utilized to transfer patients from one space to another on a harness. When installing frames that are split in the middle, the team needs to take special care to ensure that the doors still function properly. “Our team of expertly trained carpenters had to take extra care to make sure the frames still lined up. Each door has two frames, one on the left and the other on the right.” said Luke Capria, MZ assistant project manager. Luke said the team faced the challenge head on and understood that they were working to give our veterans the “best care that they deserve.”
As of February 2019, MZ has completed its portion of the $30 million renovation project.
About Martin-Zombek Construction Services, Inc.
Founded in 2009, Martin-Zombek Construction Services is a family-owned and operated company with 90 years of expertise. Operating on the core belief that safety, productivity, and quality are the building blocks of success, MZ specializes in commercial construction with a vast portfolio of projects ranging from academic and medical facilities to military and fine arts buildings.
About the Batavia Veterans Affair Medical Center
VA Western New York Healthcare System, part of VA Health Care Upstate New York, consists of two health care facilities in Buffalo and Batavia, as well as community-based outpatient clinics in Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lackawanna, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean and Springville. The Batavia facility opened its doors in 1933. It provides geriatric and rehabilitation services, separate residential post-traumatic stress disorder units for men and women, and outpatient services. In 1995, a New York State Veterans Home was built on the Batavia grounds making additional extended care available. For more information on Western New York’s VA Healthcare System click here: https://www.buffalo.va.gov/index.asp