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May 9, 2022

UAB starts construction on new inpatient rehabilitation facility in US

Gresham Smith is the project architect and Hoar Construction is the general contractor for this project.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has broken ground on its $156.7m substitute rehabilitation facility in the US.

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Set to be situated on Seventh Avenue South, the new building is scheduled to open in 2025.

Gresham Smith is serving as architect for the 350,000ft² project, which will replace the current Spain Rehabilitation Center.

Hoar Construction is the general contractor for the project.

The 11-storey-tall building will have 78 rehabilitation beds, 28 acute care beds, and advanced technology specially designed to offer rehabilitation care for patients from across Alabama and beyond.

UAB president Ray Watts said: “This state-of-the-art facility will further UAB’s mission to deliver leading-edge, compassionate care, and will build on our nationally recognised excellence in rehabilitation.”

“It will be home to highly skilled interdisciplinary teams who will provide seamless support and rehabilitative care that is tailored to the specific needs of patients and their families.”

The new facility will include a seizure monitoring unit that delivers clinical, research, and education services to epilepsy patients.

Each floor has been designed for the treatment of specific patient populations and allows patients, families, and care team members to remain on the same floor.

The new area features natural light and is designed to advance daily living activities within each of its indoor and outdoor environments.

The top floor will feature a garden and the lowest floor will have a terrain park for patients to practice navigating various terrains, including gravel, mulch, turf, sand, wood decking, crushed stone, and paving stones.

A city street replication with crosswalks, curbs, sidewalk ramps, and traffic lights, and an auto simulation will enable patients to learn and practice car transmit skills.

The rehabilitation facility also has overhead lifts in each room, private therapy suites and speech therapy suites, and an open therapy gym inside.

Family rooms on each patient floor, a resting room with a patient art gallery, and two outdoor terraces that give views of Birmingham will also be part of the facility.

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