This white paper explores the collaborative effort undertaken by Ceco’s Southwest office to identify a possible concrete solution for healthcare construction for Banner Health’s Estrella Medical Center Addition in Phoenix, AZ. Recognizing the potential to design and construct a higher performing hospital Ceco consulted a structural engineer, general contractor and mechanical engineer to thoroughly analyze the nonproprietary mild-reinforced wide module structural system for application on these projects.
In addition to vastly improved flexibility over steel for both design and renovation the wide module showed significant energy savings the steel frame did not. The project team didn’t have to wait for the mill order or deal with the changes that always occur between the order and breaking ground, and was able to provide the owner better infection control (no fireproofing) and cut more than $1 million off the initial cost. The improved rigidity of the structure over steel, mild reinforcement and embedding of unistrut throughout the structure will all save Banner thousands of dollars in renovation costs down the road, moving imaging equipment and heavy roof loads without bolstering.
If you’re looking for the highest quality outcome for healthcare, office, classroom and laboratory projects, the wide module concrete solution for healthcare is worth consideration. Contact us today to see if the wide module is right for your project.