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Florida’s First Steamless VA Laundry

by Ken Tyler, CEO Tycorps International

C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines is the first Florida Veterans Affairs (VA) steamless textile care processing facility.  The $14,200,000 renovation has created one of the most automated facilities in the VA system.

The VA Laundry System Inspection Team, VA Central Office, Washington DC recently certified that the new laundry fully met the Government’s rigorous expectations and requirements for both systems productivity, automation, systems management and reporting, quality assurance, design, installation, ergonomics and safety. The steamless technology laundry equipment will reduce the buildings energy and water consumption.

The Bay Pines Textile Care Processing Facility currently provides federal government healthcare laundry services for the VA Bay Pines, FL Healthcare System, VA Tampa, FL. Health Care System and VA Clinic, Orlando, FL.

Another VA project completed this year was the $10,800,000 modernization of its Leavenworth, Kansas multi-level laundry facility.

Unique features from various suppliers were incorporated into the new designs including those from Pellerin Milnor, Softrol Systems, Chicago Dryer, E-Tech, Alliance, Colmac and Thermal Engineering. As required, HVAC and electrical service were modified for each project as specified by the Government.

About the Author:  

Ken Tyler, CEO Tycorps Int’l is a registered facility manager, federal contracting specialist and holds federal contracting credentials. Retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs, he established VA policies as well as the management, design and construction of 63 health care laundry facilities.  Tyler served 29 years in the US Marine Corps. His last active duty assignment was Director of Laundry and Dry Cleaning Operations.  As VP Government Operations for Encompass LLC for 16 years, Tyler developed government sales and administration programs. He recently consulted for Standard Textiles where he was instrumental in the development of new government programs. Currently, Tyler serves on the JCAHO Environment of Care Advisory Group as an Advisor to government and healthcare organizations and is a member of the Textile Rental Services (TRSA) Healthcare Committee.