The contractors recently inaugurated a historic renovation of Building 1 of the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Health System, which was built in 1933.

Not only will the redesign bring long-awaited improvements and a facelift to the 88-year-old Building One, but several military veterans play key roles in the construction. General contractor ECRMJV is overseeing the project, which is a joint venture between Eamon Chase and Robins & Morton.

Over the next two years, workers will completely empty and renovate the interior of the second to fifth floors of Building 1, while the first floor and attic will undergo partial remodeling. From the second to the fifth floor, the classifications will change from institutional and hospital occupancy to commercial occupation. This reclassification allows the transformation into outpatient primary care services.

Renovations to the facility will be completed at the end of 2023.

“This is a unique opportunity to be able to renovate a historic building that has helped heal our service people for so long,” said Michael Skrobis, senior project manager for Robins & Morton, in a statement. “The ECRMJV team has a special connection to the purpose of the building as we are a Disabled Veteran Owned Mentor Protected Joint Venture (SDVOSB), and it is a privilege to carefully restore this place to its new life. “

Building 1 served as the main hospital for the Veterans Administration’s Bay Pines Medical Campus after its construction in 1933. Upon completion, it was first referred to as the “National Home for Volunteer Soldiers with Disabilities”. Building 1 was the main veterans hospital for 50 years, until a replacement was built in 1983.

After the construction of the new hospital, Building 1 underwent its first restoration in 1987. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the original tile mosaic and decorative painting are still in place. The facility is also home to the Veterans Health System Canteen Service, which includes a food court, retail store, and hair salon.

The Bay Pines VA Health Care System is a highly specialized Level 1a care facility located on 337 acres and bordered by the Gulf of Mexico. Located eight miles northwest of downtown St. Petersburg, the campus is also the proud home of a national cemetery and the VA regional office. Each year, the health care system serves more than 108,000 veterans in the region. The establishment provides a wide range of medical, psychiatric and extended care services on an outpatient, inpatient, residential, retirement home and home basis.

Bay Pines is also one of the most active VA healthcare systems in the United States, ranking fourth in the country for the number of veterans it treats.

“I am incredibly happy to be part of a project that will impact thousands of Veterans and help provide them with quality health care for many years to come,” said Brett Sanborn, US Army Veteran and chairman of Eamon Chase. “As a veteran myself, I understand how important healthcare is to the men and women who have served our great nation.

“A project of this magnitude helps ensure that ex-combatants continue to receive the health care they deserve. “

In addition to the extensive remodeling of building 1, the ECRMJV is also renovating the kitchen of building 100. The project should be completed by the end of 2023.