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Rainscreen on Hospital Allows Drainage

The exterior of Shriners Hospitals for Children's location in St. Louis, Mo., consists of 3,600 rotated square aluminum composite material (ACM) panels.

The exterior of Shriners Hospitals for Children's location in St. Louis, Mo., consists of 3,600 rotated square aluminum composite material (ACM) panels. Universe Corp. fabricated 0.04-mm ACM panels with a fire-retardant core supplied by ALPOLIC-Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America Inc. for a pressure-equalized rainscreen that allows for a drainage cavity behind the panels.

George Crow, of Heitmann and Associates Inc., the architecture firm for the project, says the 90,000-squarefoot building's skin required a single source to integrate the exterior systems. "IWR's precise layout and installation of these panels produced an exquisite appearance," he says.

The hospital, located on 3.75 acres, replaced a 50-year-old hospital and is the third Shriners Hospitals for Children facility in St. Louis since it opened in 1924. Features include 12 inpatient beds, three surgical suites, 18 clinic examination rooms, nine rooms for outpatient family housing, an interactive and educational activity area, space for a clinical research center for metabolic bone diseases, space for collaborative research with scientists and more room for same-day surgery patients.

Architect: Heitmann and Associates Inc., Chesterfield, Mo.

Installer: IWR Building Systems LLC, St. Louis

Fabricator: Universe Corp., Bridgeton, Mo., www.universecorp.com

Aluminum composite material: ALPOLIC-Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America Inc., Chesapeake, Va., www.alpolic-americas.com