Project Profiles: Health-care Facilities


New Orleans East Hospital, New Orleans


Retrofit Team

ARCHITECT: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, and Manning Architects, New Orleans
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: WHLC Architecture, Baton Rouge, La.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The LeMoine Co. LLC, Lafayette, La.
METAL PANEL INSTALLER: Crown Corr Inc., Gary, Ind.


The former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital was devastated in the flooding brought on by Hurricane Katrina, leaving the residents of New Orleans East without a hospital since 2005. Designers replaced the existing concrete exterior surface of the 6-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower with the Formawall Dimension Series insulated metal panel system and curtainwall glazing. Formawall Dimension Series features thermal and moisture protection in a single, panelized component, expediting installation time. With a factory foamed-in-place insulating core and thermal breaks between panel face and liner, the product meets stringent HVAC requirements in the health-care industry. In addition, architects chose Versawall insulated metal panels and EcoScreen perforated screenwall.


The Retrofit

After years of planning, officials broke ground on the New Orleans East Hospital in January 2013. The $130 million project, which includes extensive renovation of the East Tower and construction of a new, 71,700-squarefoot Patient Care Pavilion, restores a full-service hospital to the area and stands as an important achievement for post-Katrina New Orleans.

To ensure the new building was hurricane-proof, the East Tower of the hospital was strengthened to withstand winds of more than
130 mph while primary electrical equipment and a new backup generator were elevated above base flood-elevation levels. Designers retrofitted the structural framing system and improved the roof to withstand the uplift forces associated with hurricane winds.


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