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Sterile Processing and Decontamination Center, New Orleans, La.

Located in New Orleans, the 4,000-square-foot Sterile Processing and Decontamination facility for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System houses operations that clean sterilize and repackage reusable medical equipment from earlier medical and dental procedures at the hospital.

Completed in April 2011, Fauntleroy Latham Weldon Barré, Covington, La., served as the architects on the design-build project. The firm had to develop a spatial plan and mechanical systems that isolate offices, a dual-purpose conference/training room and storage area from the space dedicated to decontamination activity. One particular challenge the firm faced was configuring the building's footprint to the underlying pilings of a former building.

John C. Bose, Consulting Engineering LLC, New Orleans, served as the structural engineer for the prior building and for the new project. As a result, Bose still had the necessary reference drawings in storage and went on to design the current building's foundation that was built on an elevated pad.

Once the foundation and design plans were in place, Kent Construction, a Butler Builder out of Mandeville, La., installed several metal building systems including framing, a MR-24 standing seam metal roof system and a TextureWall wall panel system, all from Butler Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo. A six-month fast track schedule mandated careful coordination by the project team. Speed of construction made metal building systems the logical solution to meeting the expedited design and construction schedule.

Butler Manufacturing,