Medical Construction & Design

NOV-DEC 2017

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52 Medical Construction & Design | NOV EMBER / DECEMBER 2017 | MCDM AG.COM From top: The light weight of the metal allowed for fl oor additions that would not be possible with concrete. Formawall Dimension Series panels feature concealed fastener clips, allowing for a smooth aesthetic. Centria metal panels bring new life to Hardin Memorial Hospital Healthy Dose of Modern Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, employs over 2,389 employees, making it the third-largest employer in Hardin County. Despite several renovations over the years, the hospital remained dull and dated and needed to expand to accom- modate rapidly growing numbers. Like the healthcare industry through- out much of the United States, the hospi- tal was experiencing exponential growth of staff , services and patients. These critical changes spurred the owners to embark on a $90-million expansion. To create a calming, modern feel, JRA Architects utilized 44,000 square feet of Centria's Formawall Dimension Series insulated metal panels and Concept Series concealed fastener rainscreen panels. The fa├žade was designed using a variety of hues that echoed the hospital's brand. "Part of the decision [to use metal panels] was because of color," said Mark Trier, principal at JRA Architects of Lexington, Kentucky. "Because we were adding on to the campus, we wanted to create a uniform look that is dramatic but at the same time respects the existing color. We were able to use Surrey Beige, which is a nice, soft color. We accented that with a maroon, which is the hospi- tal's signature color, and an aluminum gray. So, we were able to use the panels to reinforce the hospital's branding." The existing hospital had two fl oors, and ownership needed more patient space. "The addition was originally scheduled for only one story," said Trier. The architect worked with structural en- gineer ICON to create a solution for the lower two fl oors of the hospital that were made of precast concrete. The weight of PANELING that material would have allowed only a single fl oor in the vertical expansion, but switching to metal, which is much lighter, enabled the second-story addition. "[ICON] told us if we could decrease the weight of the wall system, we could add two fl oors," Trier explained. "That made the client very happy because they are growing, and hospital space is at a premium. Every square inch is utilized." A primary goal of the project was to fi nish construction quickly. Concept Series and Formawall Dimension Series panels gave installers the convenience of all-weather installation, putting the project on the fast track. In addition, the lightweight panels made them easy to handle, and concealed fastener clips al- lowed for smooth aesthetics. Safety and comfort is paramount in a hospital, so Centria panels deliv- ered high-performance insulation and weather-resistant technology. Formawall Dimension Series panels deliver thermal effi ciency and moisture control in a single component with a factory foamed-in- place core, minimizing insulation gaps, along with a thermal break between the face and the liner. By utilizing pressure equalization along the length of the hori- zontal joinery, the panels off er superior weather resistance. Concept Series panels off er cost- effi cient performance, while convenient stand-off clips provide a ventilation cavity and drain plane and also allow for thermal movement. An effi cient expansion and a new look stands to highlight Hardin Memorial Hospital's success. Thanks to high- performance IMP and single-skin panels, the community of Elizabethtown has a safe, modern medical facility for decades to come. Visit centriaperformance.com/ nextchapter. Products applications, case studies & best practices

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