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Elevator tower features perforated panels

Photo: IKM Inc./Massery Photography

Photo: IKM Inc./Massery Photography

IKM Inc. designed an elevator tower and renovated the emergency department intake and waiting areas for Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pa. Project goals included simplifying vertical transportation and access from the emergency department to the upper stories of the hospital and executing a design that symbolizes the hospital's brand.

Roger Hartung, AIA, NCARB, is principal in charge of the project at IKM. "We understood that the exterior design expression needed to reflect the hospital's commitment to increasing and improving medical expertise in new services and employing the latest technologies to assist in achieving this mission," Hartung says. "We were challenged to translate that idea into a physical form."

An eight-story addition looks over the rolling hills east of Pittsburgh. The elevator tower was designed with glass to provide views at all floors. The project utilized a variety of perforated and smooth metal wall panels. Joe Obritz, AIA, NCARB, project designer at IKM, says the solid and perforated metal panels serve as a screen to provide appropriate levels of shade and visually interesting open areas. "The patterns create a dramatic interplay of light and shadow, screening natural light in the day and revealing artificial lighting at night," he says.

Dri-Design installed 15,211 square feet of its rainscreen aluminum wall panel system, which included tension-leveled, 0.08-inch perforated aluminum plate panels with dark bronze anodized and clear anodized aluminum finishes and tensionleveled, 0.08-inch aluminum smooth plate wall panels with dark bronze anodized and clear anodized aluminum finishes. The 13,400-square-foot project was completed in March 2016.

Owner: Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh
Architect: IKM Inc., Pittsburgh
General contractor: MBM Contracting Inc., Pittsburgh
Distributor: A.L. Harding and Co. LLC, Bridgeville, Pa.
Metal wall panels/installer: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.,