Terracotta and Unitized Curtain Wall Blend the Old with the New

Friday, January 18, 2013

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The most expensive construction project in the history of Cape Girardeau, Missouri has begun at Saint Francis Medical Center.  The $127M expansion is $2M more than the Isle of Capri casino that opened last year.  The five-story, 217,270 square-foot patient tower is a combination of terracotta and unitized curtain wall.  The five-foot wide terracotta panels will match the color of the campus brick, but the structure's most dramatic feature will be the blue glass featured in the unitized curtain wall.  

The expansion plans were designed by Denver-based Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative with input from the hospital medical staff.  Thirty-five physicians were involved in the process, which included more than a thousand hours spent by staff discussing options and ideas.  Kiefner Brothers, a local general contractor that has performed work at the Saint Francis campus, will be completing the project.  ProCLAD was selected to furnish and install the unitized curtain wall (Wausau Window & Wall), terracotta (NBK/Hunter Douglas), phenolic panels (EcoClad), and aluminum composite metal panels (East Coast Metal Systems).  There will be 200 new underground parking spaces in the tower which is scheduled to open in 2015.