St. Alexius Medical Center
Headquartered in Bismarck, ND, St. Alexius Medical Center (SAMC) has a strong reputation in Minot, a city that is experiencing extraordinary population growth. Until recently, SAMC provided the Minot market with outpatient services in a converted one-story office building. The new two-story, state-of-the-arts 67,140 SF Minot Medical Plaza has replaced the one-story clinic with SAMC as the anchor tenant. This multi-purpose ambulatory center includes clinics for primary and specialty care, diagnostic imaging, lab, physical therapy, future ambulatory surgery, and complementary retail uses such as a pharmacy and optical shop.
Wells Concrete provided the precast concrete wall panels for this project. The two-story structure is designed with a steel structure and insulated architectural precast panels cladding. The precast finish boasts a combination thin brick and acid etch exterior finish with cast-in electrical to further streamline construction. Early on in the project’s development, the owner contemplated the use of precast and toured Wells Concrete’s Grand Forks plant with the design team for a better understanding of precast. After precast was selected as a solution for this project, the Wells Concrete team coordinated with the architect on precast layout efficiencies and finish options.
With a very aggressive schedule and a desire to occupy the new building by June 2015 precast was an ideal solution. Wells Concrete began production in their Grand Forks’ facility in mid-September with installation set for mid-October 2014.
The two story structure included 104 insulated exterior pieces together with 12 interior wall panels.
The Concrete Advantage
Precast concrete offers an efficient delivery model allowing building construction to proceed while the design is developed. The aesthetically versatile precast concrete can take nearly any shape or size, be manufactured in virtually any color and comes in a wide variety of finishes. With concrete, you are limited only by your imagination. Precast concrete products are manufactured off-site, under roof and are delivered ready to install when needed. This innovative process compresses project schedules, reduces safety concerns, reduces site disruption and reduces overall project costs by requiring fewer trades for construction and fewer people on site.
Environmental -Precast concrete structures are completely recyclable, making their impact on the environment minimal. Precast concrete satisfies a growing demand for sustainable design and construction. Carbon footprint in both the construction and operation phase is minimized through ease in construction and efficient insulating capabilities.
An inherent characteristic of precast concrete is its natural resistance to mold plus greatly reducing health concerns from VOCs and off gassing. With these environmentally friendly advantages, precast concrete satisfies a growing demand for sustainable design and construction. Precast is perfect for preserving resources and protecting the environment through sustainable building practices. Precast concrete buildings also correlate with at least four categories of LEED certification.
Costs associated with heating and cooling can be greatly reduced through concrete’s thermal mass benefits. Reduced peak heating and cooling loads can be achieved because concrete reacts slowly to changes in outside temperature. In addition, edge-to-edge sandwich insulation panels eliminate thermal leakage through studs or webs in ordinary construction systems. And these systems provide significant advantages in reducing wind infiltration as measured by “blower-door tests”.
Concrete panels provide a long service life due to their durable, low-maintenance surfaces. The exterior of a precast concrete structure can be left unpainted without damage from the elements. Precast concrete interiors are less subject to damage and easier to wash. Construction with concrete exterior and interior walls provides long-term durability inside and out, and precast concrete construction also provides the opportunity to move and reuse panels to refurbish the building, rather than tear it down, should its use or function change.
Because of concrete’s density, concrete buildings absorb sound, making it an ideal choice for medical, commercial and residential buildings. Concrete walls provide a buffer between outdoor noise and the indoor environment.
Concrete structures provide superior resistance to fires, natural disasters, insects, and mold. Like no other building material, its resistance to wind damage, fire, floods, earthquakes, termites, decay, mold and mildew provides lower maintenance and insurance costs. Vermin and insects cannot destroy concrete because it is inedible. Concrete is noncombustible and can contain a fire within boundaries. As a separation wall, concrete helps prevent fire from spreading throughout a building or jumping from building to building.