This community hospital combines precast concrete panels designed to simulate native limestone and precast panels with thin brick veneer for design effect. Warm, buff-colored precast with a sandblasted finish defines the 3-story diagnostic and treatment spaces that form the base of the structure. The five stories of ICU and patient rooms are clad with red thin-brick precast panels. Horizontal bands matching the buff precast unify the tower and base. Unique windows with extended top lights bring natural light into the patient rooms. A five-story precast cross, with a white glazed ceramic inset, is integrated into the stair tower. The insulated precast panels eliminate thermal brakes at corners and optimize the building’s thermal characteristics. Plastic sheathing extends into the panel joints with two lines of caulk to create a complete water vapor barrier. The exterior architectural precast skin had to be designed allowing two inches of story drift due to earthquake requirements. Each panel was independent from the panels beside, below, and above the other.
Area: 663,000 ft2
Number of stories: 8
Structural system: Steel
96,736 ft2 of thin brick veneer architectural precast panels (typical size 8 ft × 20 ft and 12,000 lbs.). Unusual pieces: insulated column wraps with plastic vapor barrier, reversed-radius brick inlay spandrels and wall panels, brick inlay panels with precast build-up, including recesses for hidden light feature to accentuate the cross design.