Healthcare

McCormick Place's Rapid COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility

McCormick Place's Rapid COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility Conversion

In record time, Stantec and Walsh Construction delivered 300 beds for low-acuity patients and moderate-acuity COVID-19 patients to relieve capacity in the City of Chicago’s hospital system. Directed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in association with The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Environmental Systems Design was brought in for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, medical cases and fire protection, and Thornton Tomasetti took care of the structural design.Fortunately, the convention center’s large open halls and regularly spaced in-floor utilities—power, data, water and drains—were ideal for setting up bays of patient spaces. Further, in the low

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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

Colorado Delivers for COVID-19

Providing more than 200 beds in less than a month’s time, the two design-build projects involved the renovation of two floors at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo for non-acute patients and a three-story tower for acute and non-acute patients at St. Anthony’s North in Westminster.“Both projects required a highly responsive, collaborative approach and the commitment of all stakeholders, and design and trade partners to successfully execute in a condensed time frame,” reports Keegan Snow, design phase manager, Mortenson, Denver.To keep pace, the project teams worked to quickly disseminate information to enable efficient design making and worked around the clock w

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

Triple-Paned Glazing

Triple-paned insulated glazing with SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37 and a slatted wood screen reduces solar glare, building heat gain and the need for solar and privacy shading. Designed with integrated sustainable features, it is LEED Gold certified. A hospital must carefully monitor light penetration as well as solar heat gain to protect its visitors, and therefore needs high-performing glazing such as SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37. The multifunctional coating offers strong solar protection and thermal insulation.

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Colorful Solution

Designers with Missoula, Mont.-based In2itive Architecture decided late in the building process to punch up the color of the façade for a new medical facility in their hometown. The four-story headquarters for Consumer Direct Care Network now features more than 18,000 sq. ft. of Envelope 2000 composite panels in Regal Blue, Sky Blue and Silver Grey. 

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Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

No Chicago H2O Blues

Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story base building is presently under construction; a 20-story tower addition is planned for construction in five to 10 years. Since the project is built-out to all property lines there are no at-grade landscape areas, which presented a particular challenge given the city’s Dept. of Stormwater Management permit requirement that the project account the total building mass and footprint. Translation: 10,000 cubic ft. of stormwater detention was required. Further, city code requi

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Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

The Proof is in the Flooring

Building products can easily claim numerous accolades of their technologies, but the real proof comes through end-user feedback. A great example of such well-vetted research is Johns Hopkins Hospital’s 90-day testing program of 20 resilient and non-carpet flooring products. Emerging from the pack was Ecore Commercial Flooring’s Terrain Rx, a rubber fusion-bonded to a contemporary, modern heterogeneous vinyl sheet surface, which reduces the risk of falls and delivers both sound control and comfort. Also testing well for durability, stain removal and clean-ability, JHH went on to install the product in 56 inpatient rooms at the Meyer Neuro & Rehab facility in Baltimore. 

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Indoor Rustic

Barn doors have a rustic feel that creates a significant contrast when used indoors. VT Industries 5502 Crossbanded Particle board Core was specified to create a new user experience at Ft. Lauderdale’s Cypress Creek Outpatient Surgical Center.

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Door Flexibility

The ProCare 8300 has a flush bolt at eye level, instead of out of reach at the top of the door, and features a simple push button that allows nurses to push down the door when their hands are full. It also won’t latch onto patient’s IVs or staff badges.

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Germicidal Tendencies

The luminaire pairs direct/indirect ambient illumination with options for tunable white performance or White Light Disinfection, which emits a germicidal frequency to protect indoor surfaces from harmful bacteria.Judge’s Comment: “I’ve seen disinfecting lights from other manufacturers, but as a whole, the entire package is nice, and not available from any others.”

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Shading Meets Biophilia

Combining shading with biophilic design, the new Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in the suburbs of Philadelphia features a large overhang finished in a hazelnut brown, textured wood grain color at the outpatient facility’s entrance. The large, vertical aluminum sun shade fins and 8-in. to 12-in.-deep horizontal curtainwall cover plates were manufactured by Kawneer and the architectural aluminum components were finished by Linetec. The faux wood finish delivers the warmth of wood without the associated maintenance. The building also features two- and four-sided structural glazed curtainwall.

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