The healthcare sector constantly invests in building environments that help clinics and hospitals harness natural daylight and improve thermal performance and aesthetics.
Healthcare facilities play an essential role in our lives. As a global leader in architectural aluminum systems, Kawneer offers innovative solutions for the healthcare sector. Kawneer’s façade solutions enhance occupant comfort, health and well-being, while improving the thermal performance and aesthetics of healthcare facilities.
Window solutions and glazing systems maximize natural daylight and ventilation, positively influencing sleep and the healing process. Sun control products promote comfort for both patients and healthcare professionals by reducing solar heat gain and glare.
Kawneer is committed to providing sustainable products that support healthcare for generations to come. Products are made with a minimum of 40% recycled content. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Material Transparency Summaries (MTS), the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program and Declare labels are available for architects and designers to better understand the environmental impact of each product. For example, Kawneer’s 1620 and 1620UT Curtain Wall Systems now have Declare labels disclosing that they are Red List free.
Many of Kawneer’s products are hurricane and blast-resistant to protect patients, caregivers and families, ensuring continued care even in extreme conditions. Entrances are engineered for robustness and security, providing user-controlled access and quick escape routes in emergencies.
Case Studies in Healthcare
There are several outstanding projects in the healthcare industry that feature Kawneer’s pioneering products. Methodist University Hospital’s Shorb Tower in Memphis, Tennessee is a modern 450,000-square-foot patient building. Utilizing Kawneer’s pre-glazed 2500 UT Unitwall® Systems allowed for shop fabrication, fast installation and minimal disruption to the existing emergency department.
Another example is Highlands Oncology Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas. Using Kawneer’s Trifab VersaGlaze® 451/451T Framing System, the clinic achieved energy efficiency and exceptional acoustic performance.
In Loveland, Colorado, the Medical Center of the Rockies has demonstrated that sustainable design can improve energy efficiency and patient well-being. The facility lowered solar heat gain and reflected indirect light deep into the building to reduce energy costs and maximize daylight in the atrium. This was achieved using a combination of 1600 Wall System®1 Curtain Wall, Versoleil® SunShade and InLighten™ Interior Light Shelf.
More Efficiency, Lower Costs
Natural light and heat management, along with HVAC and artificial lighting systems, Kawneer products assist with creating highly efficient, sustainable buildings with lower operational costs.