Part of its large scale, multi-year renovation and expansion project, The San Juan VA Medical Center (SJVAMC) selected Nadler Modular Structures to provide temporary, mobile office and medical space throughout the different phases of construction. This important modernization initiative will transform the San Juan VA Medical Center into a state-of-the-art health care facility, using the latest in technology innovations including ‘green’ building solutions to sophisticated treatment facilities and equipment.
The SJVAMC is one of the largest hospital facilities in the Caribbean, and is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS). The medical center includes multi-disciplinary ambulatory facilities, 348 authorized hospital beds, 12 blind rehabilitation beds, and 120 nursing home beds. The SJVAMC services a population of approximately 150,000 veterans in Puerto Rico and in the US Virgin Islands.
“The size and scale of a project like the one the SJVAMC is undergoing can be incredibly disruptive for both healthcare providers and also the patients they are trying to care for,” said Jeff Neeman, CEO of Nadler Modular. “It’s important that the quality of care is maintained. To help ease the pain, Nadler Modular has delivered brand new, customized modular buildings to support the transition throughout each major phase of renovation and expansion.”
This government healthcare project involved Nadler building twenty-five modular units; each tailored to the specific requirements of the Veteran’s Association and built to ensure longevity and structural integrity in a tropical environment. There are 22 modular offices with 3 modular restroom facilities.
The building was manufactured with the knowledge that it was going to an area with very high humidity as well as a large population of termites. To contend with environmental conditions in the Caribbean, special attention was given to the materials the building was constructed with, which was guided by the engineering staff in the factory as well as on the ground at the VA healthcare center.
To combat the termite issue, custom metal studs were used in the walls and a steel bottom board lining the trailer’s floor to create a barrier that the termites could not penetrate. To address the humidity issue, special Bard HVAC’s designed specifically for the area were used, providing an innovative and cost-effective cooling and ventilating system for the complexes.
One of the many benefits of modular construction is the ability to quickly get a functional space up and running with minimal disruption, along with the agility to add on or change the structure – even transport the building to another location if needed. This kind of flexibility is a great fit for phased construction projects where the organization is often moving staff in and out of temporary spaces – common among the healthcare industry. This is the current scenario at the SJVAMC, where they are using multi-purpose trailers from Nadler Modular to accommodate the need for changing space requirements and location mobility.
Nalder Modular, a certified GSA approved vendor, is proud to support government organizations like the SJVAMC – tasked with the incredibly important responsibility to care for our U.S. Veterans that have served to protect the great nation of the United States.