subscribe to ENR magazine subscribe
contact us
advertise
careers industry jobs
events events
FAQ
Mcgraw Hill Construction
ENR Logo
SUBSCRIBE TODAY
& receive immediate web access
comment

HEALTH CARE: Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Text size: A A
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)
----- Advertising -----

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.

Keywords:

----- Advertising -----
  Blogs: ENR Staff   Blogs: Other Voices  
Critical Path: ENR's editors and bloggers deliver their insights, opinions, cool-headed analysis and hot-headed rantings
Project Leads/Pulse

Gives readers a glimpse of who is planning and constructing some of the largest projects throughout the U.S. Much information for pulse is derived from McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge.

For more information on a project in Pulse that has a DR#, or for general information on Dodge products and services, please visit our Website at www.dodge.construction.com.

Information is provided on construction projects in following stages in each issue of ENR: Planning, Contracts/Bids/Proposals and Bid/Proposal Dates.

View all Project Leads/Pulse »

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.