Concept Design Development. Seismic design will be functional and
responsive to the normal operation of the facility. Because each seismically
designed facility is unique, specific project criteria for various facility
and health systems will be developed during concept design development. The
type of Structural Design framing to be used must be coordinated in the early
concept development of the functional layout so that an effective,
structurally efficient seismic resistance/performance type "system" is
considered. Specific project criteria will include mechanical, electrical,
medical gases and communication systems design criteria. See Section 5,
Structural Design, for the functional and other operational items that must be
considered during the development of the building layout and concept design
and for the criteria that must be used in the seismic design of the facility.
New Health Facilities.
Site Planning. Seismic requirements affect site planning to a
certain degree. The special studies of site conditions and soil
investigations related to geologic hazard identification and site-specific
ground motion determinations, are given in Section 5, Structural Design, of
this Military Handbook.
Structural Design Planning. The seismic issues related to the
selection and development of Structural Design seismic force resisting
systems, including the consideration of innovative systems (base isolation and
passive energy dissipation systems), of a health care facility building are
given in Section 5, Structural Design, of this Military Handbook.
Seismic Design Concept Report. The Designer will prepare and
submit this report as required in Section 5, Structural Design. The Seismic
Design Concept Report will summarize the seismic design provisions
incorporated in the Final Concept Submittal. The objective is to make sure
that these provisions meet the designated seismic performance level required
to operate the facility. The report must include, but will not be limited to,
the following requirements.
a. Seismic design assumptions employed, fire protection, daily
water requirements, electrical requirements, mechanical requirements, sanitary
facilities, and site access.
b. The location and relationship of departments and essential
services under normal and post-earthquake operating conditions.
c. Explanation of how functions are curtailed, relocated, or
d. Location of major fixed and movable equipment.
e. Description of the Structural Design system selected for
resisting lateral force, discussion of reasons for its selection and
explanation of how the system will transfer seismic loads to the earth.
f. A list of actions taken to accommodate the major seismic
g. The geotechnical report document, which will contain the
assessment of the geologic site hazards and, when directed, the seismic site-
specific ground motion characteristics at the site. This report must include,
but not be limited to evaluation of regional geology, seismology, local