Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2017

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on each fl oor to create a loop. Return air valves generally serve larger open areas within the fi re zone that are not served by a return air terminal or exhaust. The height and square footage of the facility, the need for continuous uptime so that no single system failure would cause all systems to go down and the desire for cost effi ciencies all infl uenced the specifi cation of eight, 110,000 cfm draw-thru air handling units. Four are located at the mechanical room on level nine, and another four are located at the mechanical room on level 28. The system is confi gured with one AHU per each of the four vertical fi re/smoke zones. The supply and return duct mains are also looped on each fl oor. Fire wall penetrations are outfi tted with normally open, fail closed fi re/ smoke dampers. Electrical systems concepts Like the mechanical systems, the electrical systems are designed to promote fl exibility and reliability. Four medium-voltage feed- ers are looped from the fi rst fl oor to the top of the 28-story structure in four-hour rated shafts. Each feeder has an automatic throw-over switch to restore service from an outage condition within seconds of the event, promoting reliability. These services have utility company step-down trans- formers located in rated vaults at the primary MEP fl oors, both mid-level and at the top of the structure. Multiple service switch- boards are in both locations to create a robust infrastruc- ture that necessitates mul- tiple failures, resulting in a loss of power. This also helps to minimize the area of the DESIGN NOTES Design elements play a vital role in patients' therapy and re- covery. Curved walls, for example, allow for more natural and "frictionless" movement, especially for people with physi- cal disabilities and those who use wheelchairs for mobility. > The 10th fl oor Sky Lobby is the welcome center and com- munal hub with beautiful therapy gardens. The fl oor's verti- cal volume is accented by a tapered ceiling plane that rises as it moves toward the transparent curtainwall that wraps the fl oor, maximizing daylight and expansive views. > Color climbs to a crescendo as all pathways focus on the collaborative zone of the ability labs. Each lab is defi ned by its specialty and graphics, and integrated to create opportunities for measurement and metrics, thus reinforcing that "therapy hap- pens everywhere and progress is measured in everything." > With an average stay of 24 days, inpatient rooms were designed to provide visual access to restrooms, places for personal keepsakes and sweeping views of the city oriented to encourage movement and progress. > Extensive landscaping and green space at both the street level and throughout the upper spaces afford access to gardens. A green roof system tops the building. These features promote a healing environment and provide practi- cal benefi ts such as the absorption of heat at the roof and the diversion of rainwater from entering the city sewers. Source: Patient rooms are confi gured to support patients' ability to easily access research materials, meal menus, daily schedules and medical records. MCDM AG.COM | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017 | Medical Construction & Design 45

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