McCarthy, Taylor Design and SmithGroupJJR Join to Establish Don Knabe Wellness Center

DOWNEY, Calif. – The integrated team of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Taylor Design and SmithGroupJJR celebrated the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Don Knabe Wellness Center and Plaza located at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California. It is a rehabilitation hospital specializing in the care of patients with disabilities caused by brain and spinal cord injury. The 12,000-square-foot wellness center marks the first completed structure under Rancho Los Amigos’ $418-million renovation and expansion project. 

The team of architects, designers and contractors collaborated to create Rancho Los Amigos’ new wellness center with design and construction in under one year, three months ahead of schedule. While the new facility is equipped with a therapy swimming pool that has an underwater treadmill, weight-lifting room, dance studio, cardio and yoga room, the Rancho Los Amigos community is more appreciative of what this wellness center symbolizes—a place where miracles happen and hope is revitalized. Aimed to increase both the patients’ and community’s accessibility to advanced rehabilitative technologies and wellness practices, this center was recognized by state legislators and was officially dedicated and named after Donald R. Knabe, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, serving the Fourth District.

The entire 21-acre renovation of Rancho Los Amigos will also include seismic and other facility upgrades in phase two of construction and is anticipated to be completed by 2020. Additional information about Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation can be found at

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Posted November 14, 2016

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