Northeast Veterans Training and Rehabilitation Center

Gardner, MA

Located on approximately ten acres on the Wachusett Community College campus in Gardner, MA, this project is home to ten duplexes, each with handicap access and amenities. The facility has 20 housing units for up to 20 veterans and their families, or 60 single veterans at one time. This concept allows veterans to practice their living skills and provides privacy and on-going support during the rehabilitation process. 

The NVTRC offers extensive, state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy facilities, including a golf simulator, an indoor swimming pool, a jogging track, a weight/exercise room, a gymnasium, a trout pond, and a variety of other amenities designed with an emphasis on the life and recreational skills that are so often taken for granted. All of these services are free to the veterans. 

Energy conservation and sustainability were major factors in the design, which included high-performance building envelope design and high-efficiency mechanical equipment. The heating and cooling systems for all of the buildings are geothermal. In addition, the project utilizes photovoltaic panels to supplement electrical power consumption. Approximately 70% of the facilities power needs are provided by these panels. This is a battery-less system, putting all unused power back into the grid for credit from Massachusetts Electric Co. 

Owner: Veteran Homestead, Inc.
Architect: Kuhn Riddle Architects
MEP Engineer: Lindgren & Sharples, P.C.
Site/Civil Engineer: Peoples Engineering, LLC
Contractor: Baybutt Construction Corp.

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