Indiana limestone unifies medical campus
The recent additions to the medical center included an 800-space parking garage followed by a 121,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care building. â€œWe used veneer panels that were 4 inches thick [for the exterior of the structures],â€ said the project designer. â€œSome pieces were up to 6 feet in length and 3 feet tall.â€
Screen walls, which were clad with the large limestone panels, were built at the north and south entrances of the Ambulatory Care building. â€œWe were able to bring the limestone all the way down to grade - even with the severe climate,â€ said Hunsicker, adding that all of the stone was sealed.
In addition to the exterior facade of the Ambulatory Care building, Indiana limestone was also used for parts of the interior design. â€œIt was very intentional to have an inside/outside feel,â€ said the project designer. â€œThe interior panels are very similar in size to the outside [ones]. They measure about 5 or 6 feet long and 30 inches high.â€<
Renovating existing architectureAfter construction of the new structure was completed, a renovation of the original hospital began. â€œOnce the Ambulatory Care building was finished, they started renovating each floor of the existing hospital,â€ said Hunsicker. And while there was the desire to use limestone for the renovation, budget became a factor, according to the project designer.
For an almost 30,000-square-foot addition to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), StoneLiteâ„¢ panels from Stone Panels, Inc. of Coppell, TX, were employed for both exterior and interior applications. â€œWe switched because of the weight and cost,â€ explained the architect. â€œIt's interesting because we switched the product, but wanted to keep the same idea. The panels are lightweight, but still Indiana limestone.â€
Additionally, the lightweight limestone panels were ideal for the exterior of the ICU addition because they are impervious to water penetration. The fiber-reinforced epoxy skin directly behind the stone provides a waterproof barrier, thereby eliminating the need for a secondary layer of protection.
Architect:-CBLH Design, Inc., Cleveland, OH
General Contractors: Panzica Construction, Cleveland, OH (Ambulatory Care addition, parking garage); LDV Inc. (Intensive Care Unit addition); Hambrick Inc. (Spinal Cord Injury Unit renovation)
Stone Suppliers: Evans Limestone Co. (Ambulatory Care addition, parking garage); Stone Panels, Inc., Coppell, TX (Intensive Care Unit addition, Spinal Cord Injury Unit renovation)
Stone Installer: Foti Construction Co., Cleveland, OH