Project Profile: Building automation system in community hospital

The hospital successfully achieved LEED Gold certification.


Project name: Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
Project type: Design-Build
Engineering firm: Turner/Gilbane joint venture
Building type: Hospital
Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA
Timeline: June 1, 2007- September 30, 2011

The hospital’s central utility plant was designed to provide steam and chilled water to the hospital via a 400 foot underground tunnel. Courtesy: Southland IndustriesBackground

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, located in northern Virginia, is a 1.3 million square foot hospital consisting of a main inpatient hospital facility, four outpatient clinics, two parking garages, and a central utility plant. The construction of the healthcare facility is a part of the Defense Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) re-stationing efforts, which was designed to streamline military installations in the National Capital region.


Keeping LEED goals in mind, the project featured heat recovery chillers, blowdown heat recovery from the boilers, rainwater harvesting systems, and low flow plumbing fixtures.Southland’s design-assist scope included HVAC and plumbing services on the healthcare campus, as well as the building automation systems and testing, adjusting, and balancing for all air- and water- side systems. The hospital’s central utility plant was designed to provide steam and chilled water to the main hospital building and each of the four clinics via a 400 foot underground tunnel, and also included a 70,000 pound per hour steam boiler plant and 60,000 gallon generator back-up fuel system.


With the help of Southland’s state-of-the-art energy efficient building automation system, the hospital successfully achieved LEED Gold certification. Southland continues to work with the core engineers to maintain LEED status through a technical support agreement.

This article originally appeared on Southland's website. Southland industries is a CFE content partner. Edited by Hannah Cox, content specialist, CFE Media,

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