Pyramid skylight welcomes patients,
Opened in June 2015, the Penn Medicine Southern
Chester County's new outpatient facility in West Grove, Pa., was
designed by Array Architects, Conshohocken, Pa. Located on
45 acres, the new $28 million, 72,000-square-foot medical office
building provides patient-focused health care, including imaging,
physical therapy, lab and primary care services on the first floor,
with an ambulatory surgery suite and medical offices for services
such as orthopedics, pediatric clinic, ear, nose and throat, and
gastroenterology on the upper level.
The construction manager, The Norwood Co.,
Malvern, Pa., collaborated with the design team throughout the
planning phase to provide extensive design-assist services,
including product selection, scheduling and cost estimating.
Julian Thompson, AIA, principal at Array Architects,
says the building design originated from an early workshop with the
developer, Anchor Health Properties, Wilmington, Del., and
the major tenant, West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital,
now part of Penn Medicine. "It was determined that the building
wanted to emulate the materials and characteristics of the region
where it was being constructed," says Thompson. "The site is in a
rural location of eastern Pennsylvania and is surrounded by horse
farms and rustic stone walls and houses. The area is surrounded by
farming and is known as the mushroom capital."
According to Thompson, the team decided that masonry
should be the primary material used to tie the building into the
surrounding area. The team also wanted the building to have a
progressive aesthetic that would emulate the sophisticated and
high-tech equipment and medical care housed inside. A composite
metal panel system was decided to be the best choice, and BAMCO Inc.,
Middlesex, N.J., supplied its FABLOGIC aluminum composite material
panels for the project. "It was designed in a very deliberate and
organized way with all of the joinery on a 5-foot module, and
responding to the building's structural and window framing,"
The facility's first floor is organized around a
major spine running the entire length of the building. The main
entrance and all of the departments are easily accessed from this
main street. "As you enter the building, you approach the
registration area and the main waiting area for imaging,
registration, physical therapy," Thompson adds. "The large,
pyramidal skylight is placed just above the main waiting area and
extends through the second level, allowing natural light to also
enter into the second-level ambulatory surgery waiting area. Within
the skylight is suspended a large kinetic sculpture that hangs
approximately 25 feet from the peak of the skylight."
Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC, Mequon,
Wis., manufactured the 23- by 23-foot pyramid skylight. To ensure
long-lasting performance, Lintec, Wausau, Wis., finished the aluminum
framing in a Silver Sunstorm color mica coating.
According to Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate,
senior marketing specialist at Linetec, mica paint coatings can add
a unique vibrancy and visual appeal to any project. "Linetec's
Silver Sunstorm also has a similar appearance to clear anodize,
which matches the other finishes throughout the medical facility,"
she says. "As a two-coat, 70 percent PVDF coating, the finish's
performance is optimized for its location with consideration to its
exterior exposure to the elements and its interior position above
the patients, visitors and staff."
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Santa Monica,
Calif., supplied insulated, low-E skylight glass, which spans 1,016
square feet with a 14-foot, 4 inch vertical. The team at Super Sky
worked closely with the glazing contractor, Alderfer Glass
Co., Telford, Pa., to ensure proper installation and
Penn Medicine Southern Chester County, West
Institutional-Healthcare Excellence Winner in 2015 Annual Merit
Construction Awards of Excellence from the ABC Eastern Pennsylvania
Owner: Penn Medicine,
Chester County Hospital, West Grove
Health Properties, Wilmington, Del.
Architects, Conshohocken, Pa.
Construction manager: The Norwood Co.,
Skylight finisher: Linetec, Wausau,
Glazing contractor: Alderfer Glass
Co., Telford, Pa.
Metal wall panels: BAMCO
Inc., Middlesex, Pa., www.gobamco.com
Skylight: Super Sky
Products Enterprises LLC, Mequon, Wis., www.supersky.com
Skylight glass: Oldcastle
BuildingEnvelope, Santa Monica, Calif., www.obe.com
Photo: William Lemke, Courtesy of Super