VA Alameda

The new VA Alameda Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic and Columbarium designed by HDR, Inc. consists of construction of a 160,000 gross square feet Outpatient Clinic (OPC) and a Columbarium. The estimated construction cost of this project is $140 million and the project is at completion of the CD1 design phase.

The OPC is designed to meet the Life-Safety Protected requirements of the Physical Security Design Manual (PSDM) for VA Facilities, dated July 2007. The OPC is consisted of 2 stories above g rade with penthouses located on both the north and south wings of the building. The primary building system is structural steel framing comprised of wide - flange beams, girders and columns supporting composite metal deck floor and roof slabs .

Hinman’s involvement specifically included participating in building structural and exterior envelope analysis and design

Hinman’s involvement specifically included participating in building structural and exterior envelope analysis and design for air - blast loading including slabs, beams, girders, columns, walls, windows, glazing and curtain wall systems. Building space planning concerns included providing a separation of high risk areas from occupied spaces and critical utilities. When relocation of high risk areas was not possible , structural hardening strategies were implemented. This philosophy was adopted for the main lobby screening area to provide a safe building evacuation in case of emergency.

The biggest challenge for this project was to obtain the waiver request for the not meeting the separation distance requirements for the Loading Dock from the Central Utility Plant per the Chapter 5 Functional Areas requirements due to program constraints.