Come here to challenge yourself. Come here to get well.

20-somethings with combat-related brain injuries were not coming to the VA Martinez for the treatment they needed.

Hilliard Architects and VA Northern CA Healthcare System worked together to make it more fun!

What if you could engage young Veterans with an environment that’s closer to spa or a gym, than old soldiers’ home? Hilliard Architects worked with VA physicians, psychologists and therapists, to design a new, state-of-the-art treatment center with a modern health club ambiance. From a two-story rock-climbing wall to a well-equipped gym and game room, the entire space offers a powerful visual statement: Come here to challenge yourself. Come here to get well.

The VA Martinez says “The design of the building and programs reflects the active role of each individual in finding and determining his/her own path to wellness. Our approach is predicated on the belief that every individual has the potential to heal and grow in almost any domain important for wellness.”

The design and ideas for this project speak to the needs and interests of clientele and professionals alike by shifting the perception of healthcare from its emphasis on “fixing a problem” to the better, broader mission of becoming healthy again.

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