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UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital – Pavilion A

Lexington, Kentucky

As the new centerpiece of the $365-million UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital – Pavilion A bridges where art and science of medicine coexist with a brick-inlaid precast concrete exterior that is designed to harmonize with the traditional brick and stone campus. The facility provides a “front door” that unifies the medical center. The High Performance Precast Concrete System features continuous air and vapor barrier with continuous insulation into one efficient system. This provided a calculated performance R-value of R-26 and saved time, materials and money. 2014 PCI Sustainable Design Award and Healthcare /Medical Award (Scott Pease / Pease

Design Assistance

Gate’s early collaboration with the design team for UK Patient Care Facility resulted in one of the country’s healthiest building envelopes. Originally, the project was designed with hand-set block and brick; however, the design team researched other options  to ensure speed, quality, performance and an exterior that perfectly matched existing campus buildings. Gate Precast worked with the architect prior to project award and successfully demonstrated how insulated brick inlay precast concrete could match the existing brick blend used on the campus and perform better than masonry construction.

Precast System Details

  • 209,000 Square Feet of Architectural Precast Concrete — Three different concrete mixes: two were buff limestone with a medium acid-etch finish and the third, simulated granite
  • A blend of five types of brick textures and colors produced a range of color common to the adjoining buildings utilizing over 1 million thin brick pieces.
  • 3"-2"-4" Thermomas Insulated Panel — 2-inches of pre-drilled Polyiso with CTC composite connectors to tie the two wythes of concrete
  • 30 percent of the panels were prestressed, insulated wall panels

Precast Concrete Advantages

  • Matched Hand-Set Brick Used on Campus
  • Highly Energy Efficient Wall Panel System
  • Mold / Mildew Resistant
  • Minimal Maintenance Cost
  • Highly Durable
  • Reduced Trades
  • Sustainable
  • Indoor Environment Comfort

Digital Design Resources

Architectural Precasters' Design Assist Role
Clay Product-Faced Precast Concrete
Architectural Precast High Performance School Wall System
PCI Designer’s Notebook: Avoidance of Mold
PCI Energy Conservation and Condensation Control
PCI Architectural Precast Concrete Specification Guidance

From the Architect:

"Thin-set brick, insulating panels allowed us to achieve the design objective of matching the adjacent campus structure, with a better performing exterior skin, where the quality of construction could be better controlled, and still take a significant amount of time off of the project schedule."

Tom Gormley
GBBN Architects

General Information

Jacksonville, FL
GBBN Architects and AECOM - Ellerbe Becket
Turner Construction
University of Kentucky

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