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New Orleans East Hospital, New Orleans

Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Katrina and eastern New Orleans was without a hospital since 2005.

Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Katrina and eastern New Orleans was without a hospital since 2005. Ground was broken for New Orleans East Hospital in January 2013. The $130 million project, which included a renovation of the East Tower and construction of a 71,700-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion, was completed in September 2014.

The East Tower of the hospital was strengthened to withstand winds over 130 mph to ensure it was hurricane-proof. Primary electrical equipment and a backup generator were elevated above base flood elevation lines. Designers retrofitted the structural framing system and constructed the roof to withstand uplift forces associated with hurricane winds.

The existing concrete exterior surface of the six-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower was replaced with CENTRIA's Formawall Dimension Series insulated metal panels system and curtainwall glazing. Additionally, CENTRIA's Versawall insulated metal panels were specified.

The project utilized 28,064 square feet of 22-gauge Versawall Vertical insulated metal wall panels in Champagne Gold with an embossed finish and Sundance Mica coating; 24,402 square feet of 22-gauge Formawall Dimension Series 2-inch Horizontal metal wall panels in Champagne Gold with an embossed finish and Sundance Mica Coating; and 5,042 square feet of EcoScreen perforated screen wall. The EcoScreen perforated screen wall integrated with the other CENTRIA panels used and provided an aesthetic that blended the building into its surroundings.

General contractor: The LeMoine Co., Lafayette, La.

Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans

Dealer/installer: Crown Corr Inc., Gary, Ind.

Metal wall panels: CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa., www.centria.com