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New Orleans East's Hospital is Reborn Sleek and Strong
December 3, 2014 - Windows & Exterior Walls
The former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital was devastated in the flooding brought on by Hurricane Katrina, leaving the residents of New Orleans East without a hospital since 2005. After years of planning, officials broke ground on the New Orleans East Hospital in January of 2013. The $130 million project, which includes extensive renovation of the East Tower and construction of a new, 71,700-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion, restored a full service hospital to the area when it was completed in September 2014.
To ensure that the new building was hurricane-proof, the East Tower of the hospital was strengthened to withstand winds over 130 mph, while primary electrical equipment and a new backup generator were elevated above base flood elevation lines. Designers retrofitted the structural framing system and improved the roof to withstand the uplift forces associated with hurricane winds.
The existing concrete exterior surface of the six-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower was replaced with 24,402 square feet of CENTRIA’s Formawall Dimension Series insulated metal panel system and curtain wall glazing in champagne gold. Formawall Dimension Series utilizes CENTRIA’s advanced thermal and moisture protection (ATMP) technology in a single, panelized component, expediting installation time. With a factory foamed-in-place insulating core and thermal breaks between panel face and liner, the product offers outstanding thermal performance to meet the most stringent HVAC requirements in the healthcare industry.
Over 28,000 square feet of CENTRIA’s Versawall insulated metal panels in champagne gold were also used. Versawall’s lightweight, insulated metal composite panels feature concealed fasteners and are designed with double tongue-and-groove joinery. The factory foam-insulated system includes a thermal break between panel face and liner for outstanding thermal performance. The panels also provide outstanding weather resistance and were able to be installed quickly and easily.
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