The Hyperbaric Medicine Department provides global support to the Department of Defense (DoD) for clinical hyperbaric medicine, operational consultation, graduate medical education, and conducts basic science and clinical hyperbaric research. Joint Base San Antonio hyperbaric chambers are the busiest of 3 DoD clinical hyperbaric chamber sites, and San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) has 5 times the enrollees of locations with other clinical hyperbaric chambers.
As part of the Altus Team, SES was contracted to commission an 11,436 SF addition to the SAMMC. SES represented the Government as an independent third-party Commissioning Agent (CxA). The addition is 1-story and houses a hyperbaric unit. Since this unit will make use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure, commissioning was of great importance to the unit’s functionality. The new hyperbaric addition will be LEED Silver Certified per LEED 2009 for Healthcare.
Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
The SES Commissioning Process for the Hyperbaric is based on the following Guidelines and Standards as Identified in the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 4-510-01):
• ASHRAE Guideline 0 - The Commissioning Process
• ASHRAE Guideline 1.1 HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning
• National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Guide
• AFMSA Health Facilities Division Quality Standards & Design Principles
• Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
• Air Force ETL-90-10 HVAC Commissioning
Photography courtesy of Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma, Public Domain