VA Long Beach

The VAMC Long Beach S eismic Correction Project 600 - 405 designed by HOK, Inc. consists of the replacement of two buildings, the seismically deficient Mental Health Facility and Nursing Home. This project consists of building two separate buildings for Behavioral/Metal Health, a two - story 81,000 gross square feet Outpatient Facility (MHOP), a two - story 78,000 gross square feet Inpatient Facility (MHIP), and a three - story 181,000 gross square feet Community Living Center (CLC). The estimated construction cost is $350 million and t he project is at the completion of the CD1 phase.

The engineering solutions developed by Hinman were coordinated with the design team through memos as the design progressed, and through reports at major schedule milestones.

The MHOP building is designed to meet the Life - Safety Protected requirements of the Physical Security Design Manual (PSDM) for VA Facilities, dated July 2007. The MHIP and CLC buildings are designed to meet the Mission Critical requirements of the PSDM. The buildings consist of steel building frame system with composite steel framing with concrete fill over metal deck floors and roofs.

Hinman worked closely with the design members to provide robust and practical blast designs while also meeting goals of the architect and structural engineer. The engineering solutions developed by Hinman were coordinated with the design team through memos as the design progressed, and through reports at major schedule milestones. Hinman provided blast and perimeter site security consulting services as defined in the VA PSDM documents. As the blast consultant for the design team, Hinman performed building structural and exterior façade envelope analysis and design for air - blast loading.

The primary challenge for this project is that both MHOP and MHIP facilities have parts of the building that do not meet the required standoff requirements where Hinman has to provide a waiver request letter to the VA CFM. For areas that do no t meet the standoff requirements, Hinman has conducted the study to provide a design that will provide an equivalent level of protection as the rest of the building where standoff requirements are met.