How many of these building concerns do you share?Needs and Desires:
- Structures that will efficiently meet patient and community needs.
- Structures that can be built economically and maintained efficiently.
- Resilience to withstand severe weather threats to patients and staff.
- Durable structures that will tolerate modification and resist abuse.
Flexible SpaceSeveral concrete systems readily provide change-friendly spans of more than 50 feet
- Appropriate concrete floor systems provide the needed flexibility for modification, floor penetrations and expansion as hospital needs change.
Proven ResilienceBuilding Code Minimums are not intended to ensure building occupancy following a threat event. If you do not insist on more resilient “code-plus” design, the minimum will most likely be the result.
- Require “code-plus” design for your building to resist possible threats to residents from severe weather events likely to occur in the region such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes.
- Concrete frames are economical and reliable for resistance to natural threats.
Low MaintenanceWhen cleanliness and durability matters, no building system performs as reliably, or as economically as steel reinforced concrete.
- Concrete surfaces resist abuse exceptionally well.
- The inorganic nature of concrete discourages the growth of costly maintenance headaches like mold and mildew.
- Exposed concrete can be very attractive and minimizes the need for additional surface treatments.
Noise ControlConcrete walls and floors provide the mass required to effectively reduce the transmission of sound.
- Sound transmission is very common concern for most healthcare facilities – hospitals in particular.
- Economical sound control favors the use of materials with noise mitigating properties.
- Concrete buildings are inherently quiet.
Fire ResistanceConcrete is non-combustible and, because of its low thermal conductivity, protects from the spread of fire.
- While several strategies help prevent fire spread, appropriate material selection denies a fire structural fuel at the source.
- Concrete is inherently fire resistant and will not burn.
- Concrete offers critical protection for patients, staff and firefighters.
Fluid CapabilityConcrete takes any shape with remarkable efficiency and that shape will also be very efficient to maintain.
- A secure and upscale appearance need not be complex or costly.
- Concrete can take any shape and mimic a more expensive materials effectively and economically.
- Concrete is also an inherently low maintenance material.
Fast OccupancyConcrete is often faster from the start with immediate availability, local materials and quicker building operations.
- Concrete and reinforcing materials are typically sourced locally and can be supplied very quickly.
- Transportation cost and schedule concerns are also reduced as a result.
- Concrete construction also permits more concurrent work – a benefit to construction scheduling.
Vibration ResistantConcrete absorbs vibration that can be problematic for sensitive diagnostic equipment.
- Because today’s healthcare technologies are more prone to be vibration sensitivities, the structural system’s ability to mitigate vibration deserves scrutiny.
- Concrete structural systems offer inherent vibration absorption other materials simply cannot.
Useful ReflectivityDaylighting is a popular feature sought after to improve resident comfort and reduce ongoing energy costs.
- Daylighting not only reduces energy costs, it contributes to attractiveness and patient comfort.
- Concrete provides inherent reflective properties which can be valuable when implementing daylighting design strategies.
- Concrete structures also readily permit popular full-height windows.
Energy EfficientConcrete is comfort-friendly as its thermal mass can enable temperature mitigation strategies that can improve comfort and significantly reduce energy costs.
- Concrete’s inherent thermal mass and conductivity helps regulate temperature changes within a building.
- This capacity is being leveraged in many types of buildings around the country as a valuable contributor to Net-Zero energy strategies.
Clean SurfacesConcrete offers qualities important to healthcare facility infection control and security with durable surfaces now possible economically.
- Many of these expectations can be met effectively with a remarkably economical material – concrete.
- Concrete can effectively mimic far costlier and maintenance-intensive materials.
Quick ChangeAppropriate concrete floor systems provide the needed flexibility for modification, floor penetrations and expansion as hospital needs change.
- Structural systems have a direct impact on a building’s future ease of modification and cost.
- Concrete-wide module and flat plate floor systems do this effectively and economically.
- The best systems permit ongoing operations during expansion.
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