RBVetCo Tapped to Build $8.2 Million Parking Garage

Van Zandt working to relieve parking squeeze

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center is building a parking garage with 324 spaces, at a cost of $8.2 million, to relieve a parking squeeze.
Because the garage is covering part of an existing lot, the net gain in spaces is only 178, officials have said.
That works out to a cost of $46,000 per space.
“When you have limited space and nowhere else to park, you have to address it,” said Acting Van Zandt Director Charles Becker at a media “roundtable” Wednesday, when he was asked about the per-space cost.
Many VA hospitals, including the one in Philadelphia, are building parking garages, he said.
Van Zandt would have preferred to handle its parking issues with a surface lot, but there’s no longer enough room on the 22-acre Van Zandt tract, said Becker and Van Zandt spokeswoman Andrea Young.

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Project: Department of Veteran Affairs Modernization of ICU Beds
Contractor: RBVetCo, LLC

As for the Department of Veterans Affairs Modernization of ICU Beds project, it was a challenging project that was quite the significant and substantive undertaking by the RBVetCo led construction team. This project was unique because it consisted of the construction of a new fifth-floor addition to the VA's existing three-story University Drive medical facility that remained fully operational throughout the construction project. The scope of work included the design and construction of the new ICU addition under challenging conditions (including critical lifts during steel erection, comprehensive hoisting of materials and equipment to a rooftop project, electrical, mechanical/HVAC, plumbing systems design and installation, structural steel, concrete decking, siding and interior build-out) over a fully operational medical facility.

A challenging aspect of the VA project was that immediately prior to the commencement of work, RBVetCo discovered a small, unmarked exhaust pipe protruding from the 3rd floor roof. Upon investigation, it was discovered the pipe was discharging ethylene oxide, a chemical that is used to sterilize medical instruments that can be hazardous to humans if in the immediate vicinity of the discharge. This became problematic when laborers began working near the discharge pipe so RBVetCo researched the condition and designed an acceptable cost-effective solution that moved the discharge pipe to a safe location.

RBVetCo Takes the StrongVet Pledge

RBVetCo pledges to help make Western PA the "Vet-Friendliest in the Nation" by taking progressive steps to Support, Train and Hire our Veterans. They gave their all, now it's time to show them we care. - See more at: https://pledge.strongvetwpa.org/sectors/29/company/9#liveView

Rocky Bleier, Managing Member of RBVetCo, has applied the lessons he learned from his own military experience and professional football career to the management and direction of RBVetCo’s business activities and their support for veterans in our region. At RBVetCo, we believe in giving back whenever and however we can and we are proud to actively support veterans. We believe in the abilities of our veterans and know that our region is better for embracing our returning military men and women as valuable assets. - See more at: https://pledge.strongvetwpa.org/sectors/29/company/9#liveView

RBVetCo gets $9.2M Orlando VA contract

Date: Friday, August 14, 2009, 8:34am EDT - Last Modified: Friday, August 14, 2009, 8:48am EDT
The Veterans Administration has awarded a $9.2 million contract to RBVetCo to begin the site work, utilities and the main loop road for the new Orlando VA Medical Center.
The Pittsburgh-based general contractor is expected to start work later this month.
The $665 million medical complex, located on 65 acres in Lake Nona’s medical city area, is expected to open in 2012. In addition to the hospital providing acute care, complex specialty care and advanced diagnostic services, the facility will also have a large multi-specialty outpatient clinic, 134 patient beds, 120 community living center beds, a 60-bed domiciliary and administrative and support services.

Pre-Super Bowl flag football showdown features war vets, NFL Players

INDIANAPOLIS – The playing field at IndyIndoor Sports Park will become a field of honor with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Sports Team taking on the NFL Alumni of Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The doors to the south side facility (6650 S. Bluff Road) open at 6 p.m. with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Presented by Washington National Insurance Company and RBVetCo, the event also is co-sponsored by Franciscan St. Francis Sports Medicine.
The Wounded Warrior squad is made up of amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rocky Bleier, who was wounded during the Vietnam War but went on to play for the Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers, and Jeff George, a former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, will lead the team, which is being coached by Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger, adjutant of the Indiana National Guard, and Wounded Warriors founded David van Sleet.
The NFL team has a roster of current and former professional players, including Jack Youngblood, Bill Romanowski, Ken Dilger, Bill Brooks, Jerry Kramer and other former Colts and NFL stars. Their head coach is Dick Vermeil, who led the St. Louis Rams to the 1999 Super Bowl championship.
“This great event pays tribute to our service members who have sacrificed much in defense of our nation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Robert J. Brody, president and CEO of Franciscan St. Francis Health. “The willingness of NFL veterans to participate demonstrates their appreciation and respect for those who have gone into harm’s way.”
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a retired Marine Corps officer and veteran of Operation Desert Storm, will officiate the game. And cheerleaders from the Indianapolis Colts and Southport High School will be on hand to cheer the players.
A $20 donation is requested for those attending the game. All proceeds will benefit Wounded Warriors Amputee Sport Team (WWAST) programs. There will be a free autograph session with the players following the game, including a raffle of NFL memorabilia and Indiana Pacers tickets.
To learn more about Wounded Warriors, go tohttps://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=167. For more information about the game or to set up interviews with the participants, contact Chris Visser at 321-230-6666, or Marc Leonard at 413-885-7522.
Franciscan St. Francis Sports Medicine offers a variety of programs and services. Learn more at http://www.stfrancishospitals.org/Ortho/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=54.

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