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Layton to Build Two VA Facilities in Utah

Dec. 5, 2011

The design-build team of Layton Construction Co., Inc., BWA Architects and Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects has been selected to design and build two new veterans homes in Ivins, Utah and Payson, Utah. A groundbreaking for the Ivins facility was held on Dec. 1, 2011 and the Payson home is set to break ground on Dec. 14, 2011. The construction of these two facilities will bring the number of veterans homes in the state of Utah to four.

The homes will be a great contribution to the community and, most importantly, to veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays half to all of the veterans' living costs if they are accepted into one of the specialty care homes. Both of the sites the homes will be built on have been donated--the City of Ivins donated 10 acres for the home there and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Farmland Reserves Inc. donated 10 acres for the Payson facility. Each home will employ a full-time staff of between 140-150 people.

Each of the facilities will have 108 beds. In order to lessen the institutional feel of the homes, rooms will be grouped in nine 12-bed pods. Each of the rooms will be private and have their own bathroom.

According to Jeff Beecher, an executive vice president with Layton, the design for the Ivins facility still has to go through the approval process, but construction is expected to begin following a review in mid-March 2012.

Both facilities are scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2013.

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