San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) is the United States Army’s premier medical institution. Located on Fort Sam Houston, SAMMC is the Army’s largest and busiest medical center. The center is composed of ten separate organizations centered around the Army’s largest in-patient hospital. It features 425 inpatient beds, 32 operating rooms and the Defense Department’s only Level 1 trauma center on the U.S. mainland.
The Consolidated Tower (CoTo) varies from three to seven stories high, and is next to the hospital previously known as Brooke Army Medical Center. The SAMMC addition included a $216.6 million, 288,000-square-foot renovation of the existing hospital, including a new labor and deliver ward and neonatal intensive care unit. The new CoTo building has large windows, an entry hall lined with Minnesota limestone and other aesthetic features, as well as energy-efficient lighting.
The Altus team, alongside members from USACE Huntsville CEHNC-ED-MX (MX), spent 5 days on site conducting a Technical Post Occupancy Evaluation (TPOE). The team included Architects, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Low Voltage System Specialist, Fire Protection Engineers, and Commissioning Personnel.
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
The Technical Post Occupancy Evaluation (TPOE) process had the following goals:
(1) Evaluate the actual built facility. This included the entire Consolidated Tower, Central Utilities Plant and renovated portions of the existing Brooke Army Medical Center.
(2) Validate users’ ability to understand, use and maintain the facility.
(3) Evaluate if the CoTo is being operated as designed.
(4) Influence change or correct new criteria and design solutions for future programs through lessons learned.
(5) Reduce costs/improve efficiency on future projects through application of TPOE findings.
U.S.Army photos by Courtesy, Public Domain