Volume 5, Issue 7 (July 2008)
A Form to Follow Function: Recladding A Regional Healthcare Facility
This case study presents the recladding program undertaken by Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA, and examines the deliberative process that resulted in retrofit of an existing 40+ year old aluminum/glass/metal panel curtain wall system without removal of the existing system or opening large areas of the façade to exterior weather. Steps within the process included: (1) establishing a design approach and air/water control theory; (2) verifying structural capacity of the existing façade anchorage and vertical structural members; (3) identifying and specifying products that met the design and performance requirements; (4) evaluating an innovative option for improved thermal performance; (5) testing the air/water barrier to verify performance; and (6) careful monitoring of work progress and installation quality. All of this was done with very close coordination with hospital management and staff to minimize service disruptions and occupant discomfort for this sensitive client population. The final result includes increased energy efficiency and acoustical performance of the façade system—while presenting a progressive new image to the public.