Construction Milestone Achieved on Ninth Texas State Veterans Home in Houston
Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the most recent achievement in the construction of the ninth Texas State Veterans Home, operated by the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), a division of the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The commemorative last steel beam was put into place recently at the Veterans home located in Houston.
“One of the great privileges of serving as Texas Land Commissioner is serving our state’s Veterans,” Commissioner Bush said. “The topping off of a large project is a major milestone for those in the construction industry, but this one holds special significance for all who are working together to build this new Texas State Veterans Home. We are proud to be constructing the frame on a home for heroes.”
The newest Texas State Veterans Home is currently being built in south Houston, just north of Beltway 8, near Cullen Road. The $37 million facility broke ground last year. Designed by Orcutt|Winslow and being constructed by Kitchell, the project’s general contractor, the new facility sits on nearly 18 acres and is based on the “small house” concept, with three small houses combined into one single neighborhood-style building.
“We have a deep sense of pride for what we’re doing here,” said Steve Whitworth, President of Kitchell Contractors. “This facility will fill a growing need to accommodate those who served our country, providing a place that they and their loved ones are happy to call home. We are fortunate to be part of it.”
Each small house will accommodate ten residents and include a kitchen, dining room and living room, with access to an outdoor garden and patio with shaded seating to preserve a home-like atmosphere, while still providing resident-centered care.
The home will be a 129,500 gross square-feet, single-story community living center with 120 skilled-nursing beds, including a 30-bed memory support unit. The community center will house administrative and support units, a multi-purpose room, bistro, library and chapel.
The new home will be named for a Texas Veteran who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. A ceremony revealing the name will be held in the fall. You can view architectural renderings and construction updates here.
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