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ft.) minimum. The length should be 1800 mm (6 ft.) with double doors
that swing 180 degrees out into the corridor.
c. Position closet locations such that structural beams do not have to be
core drilled and that the conduit feeder risers are routed vertically
through the stacked closets.
d. For the VAHBS concept, to reduce voltage drops, do not design electrical
closets to serve large areas greater than 45 000 mm (150 ft.) from the
service bays. Design electrical closets to be served horizontally from
the service bay on the same floor.
4. TELECOMMUNICATIONS CLOSETS IN NEW BUILDINGS
a. Design the quantity and locations of telecommunications (combined
computer, TV, radio, fire alarm, nurse call and telephone
communications) closets the same as electrical closets above and follow
the guidelines identified in Electrical Design Manual for Hospitals PG-
18-10, Chapter 8, Telephone/Data Systems, Paragraph 8.15,
Telecommunications Closets. Contact CSO Telecommunications Consultants
Division (194D) at 301.734.0350 for technical assistance for these
b. For the VAHBS concept, locate the telecommunications closets in the
5. MAIN TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT ROOMS FOR ELECTRONIC PRIVATE AUTOMATIC BRANCH
EXCHANGE (EPABX) - See Electrical Design Manual for Hospitals PG-18-10,
Chapter 8, Telephone/Data Systems, Paragraph 8.11, Telephone Equipment
Room, Paragraph 8.12, Physical Security, Paragraph 8.13, Basement
Installations and Paragraph 8.14, Telephone Console Room for minimum room
size and physical requirements for these areas. Contact Telecommunications
Consultants Division (194D) at 301.734.0350 for technical assistance for
6. MAIN COMPUTER ROOM - Locate with one wall adjacent to mainframe telephone
equipment rooms. See PG-18-3, Topic 10 Computer Systems, for additional
requirements. Coordinate the final size of room with VA Medical Center.
7. SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR THE ABOVE ROOMS - Do not locate any of the described
areas above directly below laboratories, kitchens, dishwashing areas,
toilets, showers, or other areas where water service is provided. No roof
serving these rooms should pass through these rooms except for approved
supervised automatic sprinkler systems serving these rooms.
8. EMERGENCY GENERATOR ROOMS -
generators in a separate
building, on grade and near the normal power switchgear room. Locate an
emergency generator in an Energy Center or Boiler Plant where space is
available. Size the emergency generator building to fit the equipment
required with maintained clearances of 1500 mm (5 ft.) between two
generators and 1200 mm (4 ft.) between a generator and a wall or large
piece of equipment. Refer to the Architecture Design Manual for Hospitals
for recommended ceiling heights.
9. FIRE ALARM EQUIPMENT ROOMS - Preferably, locate fire alarm equipment at
the Engineering Control Center (ECC). If an ECC is not included, locate
the fire alarm equipment in a room adjacent to the hospital telephone
switchboard room. The size of the room should be 7.5 m2 (80 sq. ft.)