VAMC Baltimore, Medical Research Facility

Henry Adams was a one-third joint venture partner responsible for M/E engineering analysis, cost estimates, design and construction observation services for the new 712,000 SF, 324-bed hospital, outpatient and medical research facility. The facility contains inpatient treatment for all types of conditions including a psychiatric section, diagnostic and support facilities, as well as, a 700-car garage. An extension medical research laboratory area included, general, biological and chemical laboratories, chemical storage and computer/data information facilities. There is also a pharmacy, screening areas, clinics, kitchen, cafeteria and ambulatory care with emergency operating rooms.

The power plant, chillers and major mechanical equipment are located at the top of the building due to lack of peripheral space.  Four service bay towers accommodate the vertical stacking of air handling units and piping systems. 

Designed with interstitial space between each floor, the modifications or addition of equipment is possible with little disruption.

Commercial power supply includes new main high voltage switchgear and five separate substation rooms; four 1,500 transformers and four 2,400 amp switchboards; one new 2000 kVA double-ended substation transformer, and three phase switchgear. Emergency power is provided by six generators.

Other systems designed by Henry Adams are lighting, security, fire alarm, and smoke detection.  Medical, lab and animal facilities were designed in accordance with the VAMC, National Institute of Health, and the American Association of Lab and Animal Care Facilities (AAALAC).

Additional Information:

LocationBaltimore, MD
Construction Value $110,000,000
OwnerVeterans Affairs Medical Center
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