Bath VAMC Building 84 Renovation

Bath, NY

Project Objective

The client needed to renovate a portion of Building 84 to incorporate a smoking shelter which would accommodate approximately eight people at a time.

Unique Project Features

A ventilation system needed to be incorporated to mitigate cigarette smoke from the room and to ensure that smoke did not leave the room when the door was opened.

Encorus Group Solution

The renovation involved demolition of selected utilities and equipment, including lighting, receptacles, steam system piping and unit heaters, fixtures, plumbing, windows, compressed air system piping, and a ventilation barrier curtain. This included the identification and mitigation of hazardous materials. All aspects of the renovation followed applicable VA Guidelines and specifications.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Replacement of doors and windows
  • Creation of a vestibule
  • New ceilings
  • Minor space refinishing
  • Design of wet sprinkler system, including heat detectors and pull stations
  • Design of HVAC system to provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for the space, and to prevent cigarette smoke from migrating or traveling to the approach corridor.
  • Incorporation of airlock/vestibule into the design, and the space is maintained at a negative pressure with respect to the corridor by having the exhaust airflow exceed the makeup airflow by approximately 50 CFM – to ensure that any airflow is into the room when the door opens.
  • Lighting design
  • Electrical design, including new electrical subpanel