San Antonio Military Medical Center Consolidated Tower


US Department of Defense


Size: 765,000 SF

Beds: 102

Architect: RTKL

Feature: LEED Silver

San Antonio Military Medical Center Consolidated Tower

San Antonio

The Consolidated Tower at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) unites the inpatient facilities for all Armed Forces medical care in San Antonio into one campus in support of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act of 2005. The project includes expansion of the existing Emergency Department, operating rooms, a burn rehabilitation unit, intensive care, and inpatient nursing unit functions.

A steel composite floor framing system was used, with full interstitial framing for servicing of key facility infrastructure. To satisfy progressive collapse requirements, a perimeter moment frame system was developed by Walter P Moore and Side-Plate Systems, Inc. Through our analysis of progressive collapse requirements for the facility, our design allows any lower level single column to be removed without major detriment the entire building. Also at the tower portion, the building was designed with a concrete shearwall around the central elevator core to provide additional rigidity and torsional stability.

The team utilized the Navisworks platform for design review and collision detection between building systems. Evidence-Based Design principles were applied to enhance patient care. The project achieved LEED Silver.