Midweek Mental Greening
It’s not scheduled to be complete until 2011, but exciting construction started earlier this month on what sounds like will be an impressive – and green – new mental health center for the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
The new mental health center is the first of several reconstruction projects that will take place over the next five years within the Palo Alto VA, and according to Palo Alto Online, the new mental health center will:
- Use natural lighting, landscaping, and other therapeutic design elements to promote a healing environment.
- Use a single-story structure to offer patients easy access to outdoor spaces.
- Provide landscaped views from patients’ bedroom windows.
“This groundbreaking is groundbreaking in terms of what is going to be built here,” U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo said. “When they enter the doors, everything there will be about healing them.”