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HEALTH CARE: Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

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Photo courtesy Turner Construction Co.
Best Health Care Project: Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (exterior)
Photo courtesy Turner Construction Co.
Best Health Care Project: Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (interior)
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Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Grand Rapids, Mich.  Region ENR Midwest

Project Team

Owner Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids

Architect URS Corp., Southfield, Mich.

General Contractor Wolverine Group, Grand Rapids; Turner Construction Co., Detroit

MEP Engineer URS, San Francisco

Structural Engineer Zinser Grossman Structural, Dallas

Spaces within this 11-story, $286-million facility are rooted in sustainable design principles as well as decades of research in creating optimal healing environments for children. By situating a glass-clad patient tower atop a three-story base, planners maximized daylight and views of Grand Rapids while reducing energy loads. During planning, project team members determined that a proposed triple-glazed curtain wall would meet neither the designated heat-loss requirements nor the maximum weight restrictions for the cylindrical, steel-framed structure. This hurdle prompted the development of an insulated floor-to-ceiling system called Visionwall 4 Element—a four-sided, butt-glazed unit. DeVos purports to be the first hospital tower in the world featuring 100% vision glass in all patient rooms.


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