A Multi-Discipline A&E Company
For the Albuquerque NMVAHCS (Raymond G. Murphy VAMC), the Triple C Team provided the Master Planning for the following future planned Minor projects:
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Expansion and Renovation (Two Phases)
- Emergency Department Expansion/Fuel Tank Relocation
- Surgical Specialty/Rehab Expansion (2A/2B)
- Building 3 Seismic Mitigation with Renovation of 2nd story for Domiciliary Space
The future projects are based on the recent Ten-Year Master Plan completed for the Albuquerque NMVAHCS by the VA Office of Capital Asset Management Engineering & Support Services. Triple C’s work entailed early planning to support the likelihood of successful approval of each project, including the provision of background and assistance in the development of the Business Case for submission to the national level for approval. As appropriate, the planning included site plans, proposed building footprints, schematic layouts, aerial views as needed, VA Space and Equipment Planning System (SEPS) space plans, anticipated phasing requirements, essential description of infrastructure/utility issues and requirements, cost estimating for each project, and drawings to support solid master planning for each project. Several iterations of schematic layouts were developed, integrating each project into the master plan project. Triple C provided master planning that will eventually support, defend, and justify each project in obtaining approval at the national level.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has directed that all VHA-owned buildings, in
which patients, residents or visitors experience an overnight stay, meet future
engineering and infrastructure requirements for suppression of Legionella growth in
Domestic Water Systems. The Community Living Center (Building 60) and the
Clinical/Surgical Facility (Building 57) on the Tucson campus were included within the
target group. This project brought Building 60 and Building 57 into compliance with
new VHA anticipated engineering and infrastructure requirements. The project to
suppress/prevent the growth of Legionella in Buildings 60 and 57 accessed existing
as-builts and verified locations, pipe sizes, routing, insulation, and conditions of
domestic water piping with respect to VHA Directives regarding Legionella and domestic
hot/cold water temperatures in Building 60 (CLC) and Building 57, which houses
Hemodialysis, Critical Care Step-Down Unit, PACU, SPS, and Surgical/OR departments.
Piping, insulation, fixtures, control deficiencies, and improvements were identified and
corrected based on the findings of the Triple C Team with recommendations
incorporated into and implemented through the ultimate construction project.
Specifically, this project required:
- Development of Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention Plans for each building;
- Development of Schematic Diagrams of the buildings’ potable water distribution and hot/cold domestic water systems;
- Identification of critical control points in the buildings’ water distribution systems where controls can be monitored or implemented to prevent the growth of Legionella;
- Provision of domestic water and temperature piping and control systems to maintain appropriate temperatures throughout the hot/cold building water systems;
- Provision of Disinfectant Controls of piping system to maintain appropriate EPA registered disinfectant for drinking water treatment throughout the hot/cold water systems, including validation and verification that suppression requirements are being met;
- Provision of Emergency Remediation Plan; and
- Provision of complete reporting on piping/systems and appropriate automation and data alarm points/tracking/trending.
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Tucson SAVAHCS Legionella Water Loop Repairs, B-60 & B-57
Albuquerque NMVAHCS Master Planning for Future Projects
In early FY14, the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System (PVAHCS) completed its 10-year Strategic Capital Investment Program (SCIP) assessment. That assessment identified a capital investment that consists of approximately $300M to provide 171,300 SF of new healthcare services space at the Carl T. Hayden Medical Center and to renovate an additional 356,000 SF of existing facility space. Approximately 40 unique projects were identified to provide for this expansion. The PVAHCS selected the Triple C Team to provide an independent value-engineering judgment of the recently developed master plan and to provide alternative recommendations for spatial arrangements, construction sequencing, and other modifications that will benefit the PVAHCS. The value engineering to the proposed strategic plan also included feasibility analysis, guidance and recommendations for construction phasing and for implementation of the plan, as well as graphical depictions of various phases from different perspectives, both internal and external, that may be used to communicate the plan and to demonstrate the future of the PVAHCS. Additionally, the Triple C Team provided an analysis and subsequent recommendation for staffing and workload projections to support the expansion. Based on the existing master plan, the Triple C Team also analyzed projected workload and growth for the PVAHCS Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Projected workload was provided for strategic planning categories and will be integrated into the Medical Center’s overall master plan.
Phoenix VAHCS Value Engineering of the Master Plan
Because Building 1 and Building 8 Entryways are the first impressions to impact
the Phoenix VAHC veterans, the interiors of these access points have been
designed by the Triple C Team to address the unique needs of veterans by
decreasing the number of environmental stressors and creating efficient traffic
patterns that promote the safety and welfare of our veterans. The current interior of
Building 1 did not meet the needs for circulation of employees, veterans, and visitors,
nor did it provide the envisioned overall welcoming to a state-of-the-art medical center
such as PVAHC. The redesigned layout, entry and adjacent corridor of Phase 1 were
“re-envisioned” to present to veterans an atmosphere that welcomes them into a safe,
friendly, courteous and efficient medical center. Phase 1 developed Construction
Documents to the entry, lobby and adjacent corridors of Building 1. The existing
Gallery and adjacent hallways were “re-envisioned” to include new ceilings, column
wraps, lighting, flooring, field and accent colors, seating, and signage. The renovations
will address veteran, staff and visitor safety, comfort, satisfaction, access, availability
of ancillary services, patient confidentiality, and adequate corridor traffic patterns
during construction (to include assisted wheelchair access). This renovation will optimize the processes involved in the care of veterans, the requirements of the staff, and the interior pedestrian traffic flow through congested areas. Once built, the project will also physically and visually separate access to hospital functions while providing security and privacy. The Phase 1 project clearly defined the intended order of welcoming, reception, registration, and treatment through better arrangement of space and flow. The revisioning concepts applied to the entry to Building 1 were conceptually designed and developed in a schematic format for the lobby to Building 8 (Ambulatory Care Clinic). The Building 8 conceptual design included extending the 2nd story floor to the perimeter curve at the 2nd story lobby, moving travel reimbursement to the second floor expansion area, relieving the labs’ clinical waiting room and introducing an additional seating, lounge and education area on the 2nd floor expansion.
Phoenix VAHCS Halls & Walls Phase 1 - Building 1 and Building 8
The Triple C Team was selected have been selected to provide A/E Services that include geothermal, co-generation, bio-mass, solar photovoltaic, wind turbine, retro-commissioning, commissioning, LEED-EB, renewable energy, feasibility studies, energy assessments, energy efficiency, water conservation, and greening of government projects. Other work includes planning and designing for VA facilities by applying architectural and engineering knowledge to construction procedures, zoning regulations, building codes and building materials. A/E services may include any combination of studies, assessments, investigations, surveying/mapping, tests, evaluations, consultations, comprehensive planning, program management, value engineering, conceptual designs, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and bid & construction-period services. A/E disciplines that may be required include: Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Structural, Civil, Landscape, Geotechnical, Surveying / Mapping, Interior Design, Hazardous Materials / Environmental Services (asbestos, lead survey), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Historic Preservation, Energy, Cost Estimation, Commissioning.
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