Windows Helps Beaumont Hospital Maximize Daylighting in Expanded South Tower
Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. added a South Tower to meet demands for
additional capacity and update the existing building, erected in the 1950s.
Wausau Window and Wall Systems worked closely with Michigan glazing contractor
Peterson Glass and general contractor Barton Malow to help make that happen.
Wausau provided curtainwall and windows that met the aesthetic and performance
needs of the 629,000-square foot, six-story addition.
Wausau's work allows daylight to enter common areas, patient rooms and surgical
waiting rooms. A three-story glass atrium atop an indoor garden provides sunshine
to the concourse below. Wausau engineered and fabricated its curtainwall to incorporate
its 3250 Series Visuline zero sightline, six-by-six-foot, operable windows to
ensuring that all patient rooms receive natural light.
Wausau's Visuline windows were triple-glazed for thermal performance and further
enhanced with integral venetian blinds for clean, smooth operating, solar control.
"The hospital was looking for a product that was triple glazed and appreciated
the integral blind option," says Jennifer Macks, senior project manager for
Barton Malow. "Wausau's windows also provided large openings - bigger than
what is typical of patient rooms in other hospitals - maximizing the amount of
daylight each room receives."