By Joel Scanlon
The new 560,000-square-foot University Medical Center Inpatient Bed Tower in New Orleans, LA has been provided with precast concrete wall system of high performance by the combined operation of Gate Precast Company and Skanska/MAPP .In 2005, the Medical Center of LSU at New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
University Medical Center BIM Model
The seven-story, 424-bed Inpatient Tower is a part of the contemporary 38 A academic medical care campus, which was crafted by a joint venture of NBBJ of Seattle, WA and Blitch Knevel Architects of New Orleans.
According to Gate Precast President, Dean Gwin, the company’s comprehensive envelope system provided a degree of flexibility to the UMC’s design team. This firm is renowned for its capability to keep the design envelope flexible. The high performance wall system installed at the University Medical Centre presents an extensive array of features including; polished precast finish, seamless insulation and durability secured by an original insulated panel guard which shields the insulation’s edges.
The firm’s Alabama plant produces polished, high-quality precast concrete wall panels. A smooth, shiny finish resembling polished granite slabs is obtained by polishing the concrete surface with a coarse abrasive.
The precast concrete building facility has been crafted and designed so as to withstand hurricane force winds up to 150 mph. This specifically-designed facility will promote public safety in the event of internal or natural disasters. The overall structure measures up to 2.2M ft2 and the construction will come to an end by February 2015.