San Antonio Replace 1000 KW Generator and Fuel Storage Tank

Department of Veterans Affairs

VISN 17, South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center

San Antonio, TX

Romanyk Consulting Corp. (RCC) provided architecture and engineering services to replace a 1,000 kW 277/480 V, 1503 Amps, 3 Phase Stewart and Stevenson Generator and a diesel fuel storage tank, feeding multiple emergency generators. RCC designed a plan to install a new 277/480 V, 3 Phase, 1,500 kW and battery started generator. The 15,000 gallon diesel fuel storage tank is contained in a ~6,000-sq.ft. concrete building.


The first phase, of the two-phase project, was an engineering study to determine the best location for the new generator and fuel storage tank. The study considered the VA physical security manual requirements and all other applicable codes and regulations. A formal written report of the study was provided to the VA outlining the best possible locations for the new generator and fuel storage tank. After the VA approved the report, RCC began the second phase, Design.


During Phase 2, RCC designed the alternative emergency power source and fuel storage. The new generator ties into the existing generator cables and to the hospital power through a triple automatic transfer switch. RCC’s design also recommended the most ideal method to remove the existing generator and install the new one.


Lastly, since the new generator has in-built cooling, RCC’s plans also outlined the approach to demolish the existing (now unnecessary) cooling tower. RCC provided Construction Period Services (CPS) including: attending meetings; submittal, RFI, change order review/response; architect supplementary instructions (ASI); on-site quality assurance; and preparation/verification of As-Builts.