Commercial Architecture May 2017 - 36
A custom, unitized curtainwall system allowed innovation
and flexibility to combine aesthetic, performance, and
economic considerations for St. Joseph Hospital West.
Here the stud panel air vapor-barrier tie-in is set before
the curtainwall units are installed.
Teamwork approach keeps workflow on time
for a St. Louis expansion and renovation.
The hospital's partial south-elevation
curtainwall and panelized stud framing
is shown complete.
SM Health St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake
three-story patient tower adding 84 additional beds to
St. Louis, MO, was established in 1986 to
the facility. The highly rated hospital's ultimate goal
meet the expanding healthcare needs of west-
for increasing space and upgrading the facilities was to
North America, St. Louis, one of the largest specialty
ern St. Charles County. As the Lake St. Louis area grew
improve the overall patient and employee experience.
contractors in the United States focusing on being a
and residents from surrounding counties began using
The expansion design planning began in May 2015
building-enclosure partner, was commissioned early
the hospital's services, a need developed for expan-
and was finalized that October. Construction of the
on during the design-assist phase as the sole build-
sion and renovation. The expansion came to include a
24,350-sq.-ft. patient tower began in November. IWR
ing-envelope contractor. The concentrated teamwork
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